Will Smith Details Why He Turned Down The Leading Role In ‘Django Unchained’

Django Unchained was one of the biggest movies of the year, and it almost starred triple threat Will Smith.


According to Entertainment Weekly, Smith was Quentin Tarantino’s first choice for the role of Django in the western slave-revenge flick, however he turned it down because the character’s role wasn’t big enough for him.




“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” Smith said of Christoph Waltz’s character, a bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz. “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’”


Despite turing down the part, the Men in Black star said he really enjoyed the film and Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino produced a great product. “I thought it was brilliant,” he said. “Just not for me.”


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