Why Will Smith Turned Down the Role of Django

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As quite a few may have already known, Quentin Tarantino had originally planned to give the role of Django, the slave turned bounty hunter, to Will Smith for the Academy Award winning, Django Unchained. Will Smith recently opened up to Entertainment Weekly on why he had turned down the role: “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” Since the lead role would go Christoph Waltz as Dr. Schultz, it seems that Smith had taken exception to being the understudy. Smith also revealed that he had pleaded with Tarantino to give Django the lead role: As it turns out, after casting Jamie Foxx in the role, “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’” As it turns out in the end, rather ironically, the leading and supporting roles were switched for the Oscars, as Foxx was promoted to the lead role, with Waltz winning the Academy Award for Actor in a Supporting Role. Smith summed up the interview: “I thought it was brilliant, just not for me.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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