Will Smith Turned Down 'Django Unchained" Role Because It Wasn't the Lead

When rumors of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained first started making their way around the Internet blogs, it was widely rumored that Will Smith would be playing the titular lead. However, after "scheduling conflicts" forced Smith's departure, Jamie Foxx ended up as the star of one of the year's most talked about films. And, at long last, Smith has come out to explain why he moved on from Tarantino's flick: “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” Yes. Pity the poor movie-goer who would have to settle to see Will Smith in any role but the lead. And not just the lead, mind you, because Django was most certainly the lead role in Django Unchained. No. Only the lead with a capital "L" is good enough for this man. Stick to your standards, Mr. Smith ...


Esther Aspling


Esther Aspling commented…

Jaime Foxx is better anyway, and he doesn't believe in aliens (that I know of).


Tim Norton


Tim Norton commented…

*sigh* I wonder how much of the sarcasm of this article is due to a lack of understanding. Sarcasm is great. I love it. I just think it was tactless on this one. Few of us know what it's like to be offered multiple, multi-million dollar contracts. I'm not saying Smith isn't ego-centric (I'm not saying he is either) but this article does not even begin to wrestle with the world of the celebrity artist. For example, Daniel Day Lewis is considered one of (if not the most) selective actors around today. You better believe he's turned down movies because the role didn't measure up to his self-selected standards. What an opportunity to discuss the difficulties of the professional artist in terms of biblical standards!

I respect the opinion of this article but I wish it was a little less one-sided especially considering the goal of the magazine.

Nathan McQuary


Nathan McQuary replied to Erik McIlvoy's comment

Tim, I'd buy the Daniel Day Lewis comparison if Will Smith was similarly selective of his roles. But he did Hitch and Hancock. Smith doesn't turn down much, and pretty much only picks out ego projects. Also, I doubt Tarantino would allow Smith to interject "AWW HELL NO!" into his script.

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