Will Smith said he was offered the part of “Django” in the Quentin Tarantino movie, but turned it down because it didn’t feel it was the lead and didn’t want to play second to Christoph Waltz. He also worried that people would see him in the costume and think it was a sequel to “Wild Wild West”.
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If he would have done it and done it right (which I don't think Tarantino would have allowed it to be bad) It would have easily been the best movie on his resume, past, present and future. Look at what Pulp Fiction was for Travolta and I've heard he wanted to turn that down and someone finally talked some sense into him. These guys are pure ego and just think that they are golden no matter what. Travolta and Will Smiths resumes are similar, pretty much all mainstream garbage, at least Foxx had Collateral and Ray and now Django.
Let's be honest - he didn't take it because Tarantino wouldn't write any 'shuck & jive' lines that Smith is famous for. You would think that Smith would want to take a script where he didn't come across as a hollywood shill-bag.
Quentin probably wouldn't write his kids into the film, so this was his excuse to turn it down......
This from the person that also turned down starring in the american version of the korean classic OLDBOY. Please, he's way too safe for that movie. He turned this down, but jumped at the chance to be in six degrees of separation.
I call BS on his statement, the role and script was too raw for his resume', that's the real reason.. quentin rocks!
I've got nothing against Will Smith...but if your turning down a good script because you feel like your character should be the lead...you admit that in a public interview after people have seen the final product...and it was as good as this movie was...that's just ego...& you sound like a dick.
So i guess Big Willie feels Brad Pitt played second to Christoph in Basterds. Has he ever seen a Tarantino movie? Mostly they're ensemble pieces, not a focus on who is the prettiest pony in the spotlight.
guessing it wasnt family friendly enough for him
Why didn't he tell the real reasons, he did not want to be in a good movie, QT would not let him make a shitty rap song to go with the movie and QT would not let his kids play in the film.
@SpeedKills Excellent points, sir! He would have kept him from grossly over acting a la Seven Pounds.
@Iknowyoujj Well then Bienvenido a Mediocrity, Mr. Smith!
@Ziggy Stardust You'd like to think that at some point the fact that Smith's films are so utterly forgettable will be something he wants to do something about.
@Roadrash Hicks I whip my...whip back and forth!
@K Dubya yeah but will smith is a cracka ass cracka
He(DJ Jazzy Jeff) would've been perfect for the role of the guy getting torn apart by the dogs... I think that was an oversight by Tarantino @Fred-MBDW
@Fred-MBDW he wanted to be the doctor. He couldve been thrown physically out of the plantation when dicaprio got angry.
@ecupirate Dont kid yourself. Tarantino would have taken the whole smith family including Bubba
@ecupirate and Tom Cruise wouldnt let him.