Will Smith Explains Why He Turned “Django” Down
Talk about flipping the script.
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarrantino’s 2012 summer blockbuster, famously starred Jamie Foxx and became Tarantino’s highest grossing movie of all time (it made over $413 million in theaters worldwide). But did you know that Jamie Foxx was Tarantino’s second choice for the title character Django?
Will Smith was originally approached for the role, and in an interview with EW, he explained why he turned the offer down. The A-list actor, who’s currently set to star with his son Jaden in the upcoming film, About Earth, had this to say:
“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!”
“The other guy” Smith referred to was the character of Dr. King Schultz, played by Christopher Waltz – who Smith believed was the real star of the movie. (Ironically enough, Waltz ended up winning the 2012 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance).
After Tarantino ignored Smith’s request that Django be the one to “kill the bad guy,” Smith pulled off the project.
But as the saying goes, ‘the show must go on,’ and Django Unchained moved on, solidifying Jamie Foxx as a household name. Smith insists he has no regrets.
“I thought it was brilliant,” he says. “Just not for me.”