Will Smith Plays a FOCUSed Criminal in New Film
November 6th, 2014
When I think of famous actors playing criminals, the first three that come to mind are Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Samuel L. Jackson. When it comes to Will Smith, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen him play a criminal in a film but he is playing one now! Released on February 27th, Focus, according to IMDb, centers on a veteran grifter who takes a young, attractive woman under his wing. Unfortunately, things get complicated when they become romantically involved. Directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love), the movie stars Smith (Hitch), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Rodrigo Santoro (What to Expect When You’re Expecting), Gerald McRaney (Major Dad), BD Wong (Jurassic Park), Robert Taylor (The Matrix), and Adrian Martinez (American Hustle).
The teaser for Focus was just recently released and it definitely seems like Smith CAN play a criminal well. I’m a huge fan of his and cite Hitch & Men in Black as two of my favorite films so I know he is going to do extremely well in Focus. As far as Robbie is concerned, she definitely was the breakout star for me in The Wolf of Wall Street. She played the role of Naomi Lapaglia very well and stood strong in her acting alongside amazing lead actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. From the trailer, it seems as though there is a great connection between Smith and Robbie. Santoro was great in What to Expect When You’re Expecting as Alex, the husband to Jennifer Lopez’s character, and I have a feeling his acting rank will be even higher than it is when people view him in Focus. The other actors seem like they will do just as great as Smith, Santoro, and Robbie. This film looks extremely entertaining and just an overall phenomenal film. Be sure to go to see Focus when it hits theaters on February 27th. Link to trailer: