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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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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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