Will Smith Explains Why He Really Passed On ‘Django’

Movies & TV

/ March 25, 2013

Any film buff knows that Will Smith was originally pegged to play the role of vengeful slave Django in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, but he turned it down. The actor’s initial reasoning for declining was the good ole “scheduling conflict.”

Smith, however, recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he passed on the flick because: “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead! I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’”

Real talk or just jokes?

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