Will Smith was supposed to star in Django Unchained, though despite his affinity for the script opted not to take the role of Django. Will attributed that decision to a “scheduling conflict,” though in a new interview with EW.com acknowledged that he had another reason. The problem for Will is that he is a Beyoncé, not a Kelly Rowland and requires top billing at all times.
“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” says the Men in Black star, whose departure opened the door for Jamie Foxx to play the role.
Smith says that before he left the project, he even pleaded with Tarantino to let Django have a more central role in the story. “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’” (Ironically, Waltz was considered a supporting actor during his Oscar-winning award season, while Jamie Foxx was promoted as the movie’s lead.)
But no hard feelings: Smith was a big fan of the final product. “I thought it was brilliant,” he says. “Just not for me.”
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