CBS’s “NCIS: LA” Star Chris O’Donnell Was Tricked Into Passing On “Men In Black”

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Chris O’Donnell was tricked into passing on a leading role in “Men In Black.” NYPOST reports..

Director Barry Sonnenfeld admitted to pulling some strings to land Will Smith as the lead in the hit 1997 sci-fi film, including downplaying the movie to O’Donnell in hopes of him turning it down.

Sonnenfeld said producers initially wanted O’Donnell and Clint Eastwood as the leading men.

“I had suggested Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith,” Sonnenfeld told the outlet. “Will was actually my wife’s idea.”

“I met with Chris and he had concerns about the script and had another movie offer,” he said. “So I told him, ‘Yeah, we might never fix this script and I don’t think I know how to direct this movie.’ So he passed on the movie the next day.”

This opened the door for Will Smith to lead the movie which what the director wanted.

This just goes to show that Hollywood isn’t honest. The movie is a classic and we’re happy Will was cast but they should’ve been honest with Chris.

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