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Will Smith On Turning Down Jamie Foxx’s Role In Django Unchained: “I Needed To Be The Lead!”

Submitted by on March 26, 2013 – 11:06 amNo Comment

With starring roles in some of the biggest box office hits from the past two decade—including everything from Independence Day and I Am Legend to Hancock and the Men In Black franchise—it’s no surprise that Will Smith thrives on being the leading man. So, when Quentin Tarantino began casting for his Western slave-revenge fantasy flick Django Unchained and called Smith to play the title character, the 44-year-old rapper-turned-actor turned the role down for one reason and one reason only.

“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead,” Smith explained to Entertainment Weekly, referring to the bounty hunter character played by Christoph Waltz. “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy.’”

The role of Django then went to Jamie Foxx and Waltz went on to win a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. Also starring Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained earned Tarantino an Oscar and grossed $413 million worldwide.

Still, Smith had no regrets. “I thought it was brilliant,” Smith said of Django Unchained. “Just not for me.”

Do you think Will would have played the role of Django as well as Jamie?


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