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Will Smith doesn't want to be "the sequel guy," unless it's sequels to Men In Black, Hancock, or Bad Boys

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Though the last several years have seen producers scramble to find a way to further franchise Will Smith beyond merely commissioning more of his children, Smith himself isn’t all that into it: "I don't want to be the sequel guy," Smith said while promoting Men In Black 3, the irony of his statement further compounded by the allowance that he "isn't ruling out" Men In Black 4, Bad Boys 3, or Hancock 2. In fact, the only sequel he doesn't seem all that enthusiastic for is that proposed I Am Legend follow-up, for which he already more or less conveyed his level of interest by exploding. "Producers are working on it. I’m not actually. If it’s great, I’m into it," Smith said, before clarifying that he didn't mean "into it" as in actually in it.


While Smith didn't offer direct commentary on any of those other long-rumored sequels—including follow-ups to I, Robot and Independence Day that are still ostensibly possibilities—he did lay out his movie career from here as he sees it, saying, "I figure I’ve got about six or seven more years where I can run and jump a little bit and then I’m going butt and gut for the rest of my career. Butt and gut." Upon hearing the news, Brett Ratner immediately began drafting a treatment for buddy-cop franchise Butt And Gut, while Martin Lawrence spent several hours in his fat-suit closet, just dreamin'.

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