2. He paused his life for Will Smith
Two-and-a-half years ago, M. Night received a friendly birthday call from Will Smith. The two had never worked together, but Night just saw Will’s son Jaden star in the Karate Kid reboot, and was impressed with the kid’s range.
“I told Will I saw the movie and thought his son was fantastic, and then he was like, ‘Well! I have an idea!’ (laughs) He pitched me After Earth right there. He’s definitely a smart guy. He definitely catches you at the right moment. I was writing this thriller at the time that I pretty much set aside right away. I’ll get back to it one day. It’s still sitting on my corner table, staring at me, making me feel guilty like a neglected girlfriend, or a dying houseplant.”