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Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) © 2011 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc

Men In Black 3 marks the return to the big screen for Will Smith after a three year absence, spent  producing movies for his company Outlook Entertainment, including his successful remake of The Karate Kid, which starred his son, Jaden Smith.

In MIB3, Smith reprises his role of Agent J, who along with Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) are still protecting the earth from alien scum. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are in jeopardy, J must travel back in time to 1969 to put things right, teaming up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) in order to save his partner and the future of mankind.

What can the audience expect from the third Men in Black movie?

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Agent J (Will Smith) flashes his thing!© 2011 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc

The Men in Black movies are about the relationship between J and K. This movie brings that home – it’s about the power and origin of their relationship.

It’s actually an idea we’ve had for years, we had the concept before the second movie but it needed time to mature.

What we had to do was elevate the story, and the only way to do that is to go deeper, deeper into the characters, deeper into the revelations that the movie would reveal.

What interested you in coming back to this franchise?

The idea of a secret government organization that polices and monitors alien activity on and off of planet earth is so unique. You don’t say [about any other movie],  ‘This movie is just like Men in Black.’

There’s nothing that’s just like Men in Black. Whereas you can look at a lot of other movies and compare them to things.

Men in Black is a very distinct, very unique thing because it’s difficult to have a fantasy comedy that works on that level. They tend to feel not smart or there’s something in the DNA when you try to splice those two things that sort of dissipates.

So for me I was excited by the degree of difficulty, and I haven’t worked in three years so I wanted to put on some shoes that I knew fit.

What was it like coming back to this after 10 years?

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Agent J (Will Smith) © 2011 Columbia Pictures Industries Inc

It was beautiful to come back together after this many years. Even the new guy, Josh Brolin, was able to deliver on the same energy that people are used to experiencing in these movies.

We’re all ten years older from the second movie, and different things are important to us in our lives. We wanted to have the same kind of silly fun that the first two movies had because there’s an appreciation of the silly that the comedy delivers.

But it was really important for us also to have some meat to chew on.

Toy Story 3 did a really great job of advancing [the story], but also creating the underlying depth. Going into the third part of this we felt like it was really important to deliver more emotion.

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Judy Sloane

Judy is Film Review Online's regular Los Angeles based reporter.