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What's Will Smith's craziest character?

July 09, 2012|By Dana Moran | RedEye

Will Smith, meet ... Gen. Cypher Raige? Maybe we shouldn't be too surprised by this news, since it comes from a man whose actual name is M. Night Shyamalan. Will's playing the lead in his new flick, "After Earth," which is due out next summer, and we couldn't have picked a better name out of a hat if we'd tried. But how does it stack up compared to his past roles. We ranked a few based on awesomeness to find out.

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1990

Will Smith, "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

(1)

Snoozer! Will got the short end of the stick here compared with Carlton Banks.

1993

Tea Cake Walters, "Made in America"

(5)

Heck yeah! You go, Tea Cake ... although he probably caught a lot of crap on the playground.

1996

Capt. Steven Hiller

"Independence Day"

(2)

Remember the part where he punches an alien in the face? "Welcome to Earth!" Dude was a badass; he didn't really need a big name to go with it.

1997

Jay, "Men in Black"

(1)

Now if it had just been the letter J? Definitely a five.

1999

Capt. James West, "Wild Wild West"

(2)

You may now proceed to have this song stuck in your head for the rest of the day: "Wikky wikky Wild Wild West"!

2000

Bagger Vance, "The Legend of Bagger Vance"

(5)

Crummy movie, great name -- of course, we're really not much for golf flicks. This one was actually chock-full of great characters, from Matt Damon's Rannulph Junuh to Charlize Theron's Adele Invergordon.

2004

Del Spooner, "I, Robot"

(3)

It's a little on the wonky side, but when you're in a dystopian situation, you've probably got bigger concerns.


2013

Gen. Cypher Raige, "After Earth"

(5)

Also apparently dystopian, and ALSO co-starring his son, Jaiden. Man, they really just want this kid's big break to happen, don't they? Jaden's character's name is Kitai, which we imagine is pronounced KITTEH.

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