Ready to feel old? July 2nd marks the 20 year anniversary of our introduction to Agents J and K, and the revelation that aliens do, in fact, walk among us.
Men In Black was a massive box office success that went on to inspire 2 sequels, a cartoon series, and a wave of sci-fi comedies through the late 90s and early 00s. In honor of this awesome movie, take a look at some interesting facts about it!
1) Will Smith didn't want to take the role
He almost turned down the role of J, but his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, convinced him to take it.
2) Vincent D'Onofrio did a lot of research for his role
He did this by watching a lot of bug documentaries. In order to achieve his character's weird, unsettling walk, he put on knee braces so he couldn't bend his legs, and taped up his ankles.
3) The MIB sunglasses sold like crazy
The signature glasses of the Men In Black are the Ray-Ban Predator 2s. With the release of the movie, sales of the sunglasses tripled, earning over $5 Million.
4) Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones almost weren't J and K
Both Chris O'Donnell and David Schwimmer were asked to play J, while Clint Eastwood was asked to play K. How different would that movie have been?
5) It also almost had a different director
Before Barry Sonnenfeld was tapped to direct, both Gremlins director John Landis and Quentin Tarantino were offered the chance. We can't even imagine what a Tarantino version of this would look like.