“We really lost by not bringing Will Smith back.”
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“We really lost by not bringing Will Smith back.”

Vivica A. Fox confesses that “Independence Day: Resurgence” didn’t live up to its predecessor, especially since the 2016 sequel failed to bring Will Smith back to his role from the 1996 hit classic.

In an interview with AV Club promoting her new crime series “The Interrogation Room,” Fox referenced 2016’s “Resurgence,” saying she “didn’t feel like it was any good” and that it “didn’t live up to expectations.” first.”

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“I really feel like we lost something by not bringing Will Smith back. We had most of the original cast, but I think the only real link to the success of ‘Independence Day 2’ was the absence of Will Smith,” Fox said. “I’ll tell the truth – I was at the premiere and I thought, ‘Mmm, let’s see what the fans think.’ And sure enough, they blew me up on Twitter.”

Fox reprized her role as Jasmine Hiller in the “Independence Day” sequel, but Will Smith, who played her character’s husband, ace pilot Steve Hiller, did not return after disagreements over pay with the production in development. Smith’s character was killed off between films. Original cast members Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner reprized their roles, and Jessie T. Usher joined the sequel to portray the son of the Fox and Smith couple.

The first “Independence Day” was the highest-grossing film of 1996, with $817 million in worldwide ticket sales. By comparison, the late “Rebirth” was interpreted as a somewhat disappointing box office success, grossing $389 million worldwide against a production budget of $165 million.

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