Will Smith reveals why he rejected Django Unchained
Story by Jack Foley
WILL Smith has revealed why he rejected the chance to work with Quentin Tarantino on Django Unchained.
The Bad Boys star was originally first choice for the role of slave-turned-bounty hunter Django in the western before Jamie Foxx signed up for the part.
But speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Smith said he felt that the part wasn’t the lead role and had campaigned unsuccessfully to be given more to do.
“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead! I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’”
Smith was referring to Dr King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz, who ironically went on to win numerous awards, including an Oscar and a BAFTA, for best supporting actor.
Smith is, however, a self-declared fan of the finished film, which also won an Academy Award for Tarantino’s screenplay, and which took more than $400 million at the worldwide box office.
“I thought it was brilliant,” he added. “Just not for me.”
Smith will next be seen re-teaming with his son Jaden in this summer’s sci-fi epic After Earth for director M Night Shyamalan.