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Will Smith Explains Why He Turned “Django” Down

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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.”

 

 

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  1. djkool

    May 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Thanks God he wasnt finally Django, cause Jamie Foxx is billion times better than this sucker…

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CodeBlack Could Redeem Itself With New Omar Epps, Paula Patton Flick

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No shade to CodeBlack Films, but it’s last flick, All Eyes On Me, was kind of a disaster. From the poor ratings and reviews, to stars like Jada Pinkett Smith and 50 Cent slamming the film, folks just weren’t feeling it.

But that may all change with their new movie Traffik. The action-packed thriller slated for theaters April 27, 2018 stars Omar Epps, Paula Patton and Laz Alonso, and it looks pretty darn good.

Peep the trailer below.

In the film, Brea (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. Isolated at a remote estate, the couple are surprised by the arrival of two friends, another couple, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez). Just when the weekend starts to get back on track, a violent biker gang turns up and begins to torment them. The foursome are forced to fight for their lives against a gang who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor. Patton is also a producer.

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