Will Smith explains why he turned down Django Unchained

“The other character was the lead!”

Will Smith has gone on the record to explain his decision to turn down the title role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly,  Smith explained: “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!”

Smith went on to add that he raised his concerns with Tarantino. “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’”

Despite not wanting to star in the film, Smith called the finished film, “Brilliant… Just not for me.”

Will Smith will next be seen in After Earth, alongside his son, Jaden Smith.

What do you think of Smith’s reasoning? Have your say below…


    • FBPSIlva

      Mar 25th 2013, 17:32

      What a d*******g

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 25th 2013, 18:21

      I love Smith but man he's a bit of a moron at times. He's going to go down as the man who turned down both Neo and Django. That role is exactly what he needs to revitalize his career cause his whole goofy hero schtick has gotten extremely stale.

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    • davidcrow

      Mar 25th 2013, 19:40

      What an egotistical t**t Will Smith is, most actors would give their right arms to work with Tarantino, and not do the s**t that Smith has been doing recently, yeah, you pick After Earth over Django Unchained, good call! Dicaprio usually plays the lead, but he took a supporting role in Django and was superb. Smith will regret this decision at the end of his career if he does not work with Tarantino in the future.

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    • FBJRider

      Mar 25th 2013, 19:44

      So he can only star in a film if he's the lead? You'd think he was the greatest actor ever. I mean yeah he's great but he's not good enough to be able to go around saying things like that.

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 25th 2013, 20:31

      Even Tom Cruise sometimes takes a backseat like in Tropical Thunder or Magnolia. Smiths' thinking will only reduce the number of quality scripts coming his way, he'll be doing Bad Boys 3 while his peers are breaking new ground.

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    • BobTheSkull

      Mar 25th 2013, 21:02

      I'm actually going to defend Smith here. To be honest, the 'interview' seems to be very truncated, and not very well structured. It's almost as if there are whole swathes of transcript missing. I'm beginning to think that the piece was put together in a way to make it sound worse than it was. I've seen and read so many things about Will Smith that this single line about 'not doing it because he wanted to be the lead' doesn't sound like him. Lets face it, if you are playing the title character, shouldn't you be the lead? From what I can gather, Django only became the lead halfway through the movie, and on top of that I gather that Tarantino actually modified the script a few times. Who's to say the version that Smith read was the final one? Seriously, imagine having Mad Max come out, but Max is only a supporting character. Make sense? Not to me. Anyway, Tarantino is over-rated. There. I said it. Flame on!

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    • 2Dglasses

      Mar 25th 2013, 23:11

      To hear the tale, every man and his dog turned down neo so he'd hardly alone there. Backseat to who again Will, academy award winner Christoph waltz? Academy award winner jamie foxx? i need to be the lead does come across as a bit big headed

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    • jkoopa

      Mar 25th 2013, 23:20

      SPOILERS: What a t*t. It was better that King killed Candy, King hated racism much more emotionally obviously than Django, it was right that he was the one to put a bullet in him. Django's main concern was Stephen, a slave who hated black people. He was the puppet master, the true villain. Will Smith is a collosal idiot for turning the role down, but I'm glad he did, Jamie Foxx is fantastic and much better than Smith would have been

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    • BobTheSkull

      Mar 26th 2013, 0:04

      Again, why is everyone calling him an idiot for turning down a role? Just because it was Tarantino? I guess Death Proof really brought back Kurt Russells career, huh? Come on... Actors, especially ones on the higher end of the scale, who have dozens of offers to pick from at a time can pick what the hell they like. He knocked it back, for his own reasons. And likes the finished movie. And doesn't feel regret over it. How many of your precious actors have disagreed with story arcs before, and tried to have them changed? Probably more than you know! Will Smith must be quaking at the thought of his career going down the pan because a bunch of internet film fans are ranting about one... single.... comment....

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 26th 2013, 17:39

      Because the age of movie stars who get by on the smiles and good looks is long gone and movie goers like to see actors taking risks and pushing the boundaries. Hadouken hit the nail on the head with the comment about Cruise just look at his performance in Collateral.

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    • BobTheSkull

      Mar 27th 2013, 22:49

      Huh. So his performances in the likes of Six Degrees, Ali, In Pursuit of Happyness, and I Am Legend don't count? And, of course, Oscar nominations count for s**t if you don't actually win. How many has Cruise won again? Come on... Cruise can pick and choose, do bit parts for a laugh - just cos he can, but cos Will Smith doesn't want to, he's a t**t? Does that mean Bruce Campbell is a loser because he keeps knocking back bigger scripts than the ones he actually likes doing? Jeez... some people just arent happy unless they are having a go at someone who doesn't know who you are, about something that makes no difference to them, when they don't have a complete set of information to be able to give a valid argument. Everyone's b******g is based on a truncated, heavily edited article from a tabloid entertainment site. Please.

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