Will Smith Makes Surprise Coachella Appearance at J Balvin's Men in Black-Themed Show

Will Smith made an out-of-this-world appearance at J Balvin’s Coachella 2024 concert on April 14, channeling his Men in Black character Agent J during the alien-inspired show.

By Lindsay Weinberg Apr 15, 2024 4:30 AMTags
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Say J Balvin's name, and the men in black will appear.

The "Mi Gente" singer surprised fans at Coachella 2024 by welcoming Will Smith on stage for an out-of-this-world performance that saw the actor recreate his rap and dance moves from his 1997 "Men in Black" music video from the soundtrack to his hit movie of the same name.

In footage from the pair's rehearsal of the alien-themed set, obtained exclusively by E! News, J Balvin praised the star. "We have the legend Will Smith here," he said in Spanish, later calling his experience working with him a "dream." 

Men in Black stars Will and Tommy Lee Jones as agents investigating extraterrestrial life on Earth. And fans couldn't get enough of the movie's UFO conspiracy theories, as sequels were released in 2002, 2012 and 2019.

Although the alien movies blew up, Will recently revealed that he almost turned down the role.

"That was the next year after Independence Day," he told Variety in August. "So I didn't want to make two alien movies back to back."

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But Steven Spielberg, who was an executive producer on the film, was able to persuade him after sending a helicopter to fetch Will from New York.

"It landed at his house," Will recalled. "And, like, he had me at hello. And it was the first time I ever had lemonade with carbonated water. You can't say no to that."

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Noting that the Jurassic Park director said the "coldest s--t," to win him over, Will added, "He said, 'Tell me why you don't want to make my movie…' And he was the producer. And he put the ellipsis at the end, it was the dot, dot, dot. If he had continued, he would have said, ‘Joker, you know I made Jaws, right? You know I made E.T.'"

And almost 30 years later, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum stepped back into the suit for Coachella 2024.

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In addition to Balvin's intergalactic performance, the desert music festival saw spectacles put on by headliners Lana Del Rey, Tyler The Creator, Doja Cat and No Doubt in Indio, Calif.

Read on to see more stars lighting up Coachella 2024:

Teyana Taylor

At Neon Carnival

Taylor Swift & Travis Kelce

At Neon Carnival

Paris Hilton, Kyle Richards & Kesha

At Neon Carnival

Evan Ross & Ashlee Simpson

At ZOEasis, with Ashlee wearing a Linea Pelle belt 

Becky G

At Desert Nights by TAO Group Hospitality 

Gwen Stefani & Olivia Rodrigo

Performing during Weekend 1

Kendall Jenner

At the FWRD welcome reception wearing a TOVE dress, The Row bag and Harlow sandals

Lukas Gage

At Camp Poosh

Victoria Monét

At Heineken House

J Balvin & Will Smith

Performing during Weekend 1

Doja Cat

Performing during Weekend 1

Hailey Bieber

At the Revolve Festival

Justin Bieber

During Weekend 1 

Megan Fox

At the Nylon House event wearing an 8 Other Reasons cowboy hat available on Revolve.com

Amber Rose

At Neon Carnival

Nina Dobrev  

At Revolve Festival

Charli D'Amelio

At Revolve Festival

Gleb Savchenko

At the Sonic Desert event presented by Coca-Cola Spiced and Topo Chico in partnership with BPM Music


Performing with Bizarrap during Weekend 1

Emma Roberts

At the Celsius Cosmic Desert event wearing Vogue Eyewear sunglasses

Alessandra Ambrosio

At the Celsius Cosmic Desert event wearing a Streets Ahead belt

Benny Blanco

At Ed Banger & Friends in the Desert event presented by House of the Dragon


At the Paper Playground party presented by True Religion and E11even

Campbell "Pookie" Puckett & Jett Puckett

At 818 Tequila's Outpost pop-up

Alabama Barker

At the Nylon House event

Landon Barker

At the Nylon House event

Bebe Rexha

Performing in a Garo Sparo catsuit during Weekend 1

Reneé Rapp

Performing during Weekend 1

21 Savage

Performing during Weekend 1

Tom Schwartz

At the Gallery Desert House presented by Patrón

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