You guys - Will Smith is not going to be in Independence Day 2!
(Read the Huffington Post article here.)
After overcoming my initial shock and sadness, I decided to write a blog post. What would the original Independence Day have been like without Captain Steven Hiller?
Let's begin with a disclaimer, folks - Will Smith has always been my favorite celebrity. If I could meet one person... So what I am about to say is solely for the purposes of this post.
If Capt. Steven Hiller wasn't in Independence Day, David still could have saved the world. Really, what did he need Steve for? The group found Area 51 independently of Hiller's discovery. David's dad was the one to put in the idea of the virus. Really, Steve's one contribution was that he'd seen these things in action and he was well aware of their maneuvering capabilities. But let's face it - someone else could have flown the plane. What about that mass of fighter pilots that grouped together in the early hours of July 4th (or maybe even the President himself). One of then could probably have figured out how to fly that plane.
BUT there are several things that would not have been possible in Capt Steven Hiller's absense.
As a bonus to this post, @nickwoost has returned to offer his thought on the Hiller-less sequel: