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Will Smith on 'Django Unchained': He explains why he turned down Jamie Foxx's role

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Actor Will Smith recently revealed in an interview why he decided against appearing in the Oscar-winning Quentin Tarantino film “Django Unchained.” 

“Django wasn’t the lead,” Smith said of the character in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, telling the magazine that he believed actor Christoph Waltz’s character, the bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, was the protagonist. “So it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!”

Smith said he asked Tarantino to make the character of Django more involved.


“I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’” the actor said.

But he was a huge fan of the movie, Smith said.

“I thought it was brilliant,” he said. “Just not for me.”


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