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.”
Oprah Loved Being A Braided Blonde Bombshell In ‘A Wrinkle In Time’
Oprah Winfrey is a blonde bombshell in Ava Duvernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” and she loved every minute of it. HipHollywood sat down with the media mogul along with Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling to talk about playing the Mrs. and their elaborate hair, make-up and costumes.
“Girl we had hair for days,” gushed Winfrey. “My favorite was the ponytail, the braid.”
Celebrity hair guru Kim Kimble, who frequently works with Beyonce, headed up the film’s hair department. For the film she turned Lady O into a blonde, Reese into a red head and gave Kaling fab braided locks. “They were like [hair] sculptures,” said Kaling who plays Mrs. Who.
So how long did it take to get these ladies out of this world ready? “Hours,” joked Winfrey and Reese in unison.
To be exact, the ladies were in hair and make-up 3-5 hours daily as lead hairstylist Kim Kimble and make-up artists LaLette Littlejohn and Derrick Rutledge got them camera ready. “I think Kim and the team worked for days before, sculpting and making it right,” added Winfrey who plays Mrs. Which.
Derrick Rutledge, Winfrey’s personal makeup artist who also worked on the film, designed rhinestone eyebrows for each Mrs. Which ensemble. Meanwhile costume designer Paco Delgado drew from volcano explosions and depictions of galaxies to create costumes that made Winfrey shimmer and appear larger than life.
In the Disney big screen adaption, the three celestial beings – Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit lead 13-year-old Meg (Storm Reid) and others on a journey to rescue the girl’s scientist father (Chris Pine) from evil otherworldly forces.
It’s better seen than simply described, so be sure to check out A Wrinkle In Time in theaters now!
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