It was reported before Jamie Foxx filled the role of Quentin Tarantino's title character in "Django Unchained", that Will Smith was Tarantino's first choice for role.
Smith is known for being extremely charismatic and likable, so fans wondered if he would be able to get down and dirty enough to be the tough-as-nails badass, in a Tarantino movie.
Smith originally stated he couldn't do "Django" due to "Men in Black 3" scheduling conflicts. Now while on a press tour promoting his newest sci-fi flick "After Earth", with his son Jaden, Smith revealed the real reason why he didn't take the role.
"Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!" Smith continued, "I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’"
The lead that Smith was referring to was Dr. King Schulz, played by the incredible Christoph Waltz. The unforgettable and quirky character won Waltz his second Oscar. The first Oscar being for another Tarantino film "Inglorious Basterds". Apparently the duo make magic together. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
When asked about the finished product once Smith saw the film, he stated, "I thought it was brilliant. Just not for me."
Well there you have it folks. Not sure what the film would have been like with Smith instead of Foxx, but it was an incredible film nonetheless.
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