As many people already know, director Quentin Tarantino did not originally have Jamie Foxx in his mind when he wrote down Django’s character for his box office hit Django Unchained.  He actually had Will Smith in his mind!  However, it caused surprise when it was announced that Jamie Foxx would be taking the role of Django, after Will Smith turned down this role.  Now, why would anyone ever turn down a role offered by Quentin Tarantino himself?  Apparently, it was just not enough for Will Smith.  In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Will said, “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead.”  The star of big hits such as the Men In Black trilogy also was quoted stating, “The other character was the lead! I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!'”  He was, of course, referring to Dr. King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz, who ended up winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the most recent Oscars.   When asked his opinion of the movie, he simply responded “Brilliant… Just not for me.”

Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio, has been the highest grossingDjango_Unchained_22 Tarantino movie up-to-date, with over $410 million worldwide.  It was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, of which it won the second one.

Will Smith is at the moment promoting his new science fiction movie, After Earth, in which he will star alongside his son, Jaden Smith.

Do you think Will Smith missed out on the opportunity of his career by turning down this role?  Would he have been a better Django than Jamie Foxx?  Leave your opinions below!

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