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Will Smith: Why I Turned Down ‘Django Unchained’

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Before Quentin Tarantino hired Jamie Foxx to play the slave-owning killer Django, he wanted Will Smith for the role.

Will talks with Entertainment Weekly, saying that he loved the story, but turned it down because the role wasn’t big enough.

“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like I need to be the lead,” Smith says to EW. “The other character was the lead,” he says, speaking of Christoph Waltz, who teaches Django how to be a bounty hunter and ultimately won a supporting Oscar for his work.

But before he told Quentin no, he begged him to make some key script changes, Will says

“I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy.'”

Ironically, EW smartly points out, Jamie ended up being billed as the lead actor, while Christoph was billed as supporting.

Ah well. All’s well that ends well.

“I thought it was brilliant,” Will said. “Just not for me.”

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