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It was widely reported that Smith read the script, discussed it with Tarantino, but turned it down. Until now, however, no one knew exactly what conversations Smith had with Tarantino or why he chose not to take the part.
In a previous interview with Empire magazine, Smith confirmed his conversation with Tarantino, but did not address any particular disagreement:
“I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen… I was in the middle of ‘Men In Black 3’ and [Tarantino] was ready to go, and I just couldn’t sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn’t want to hold him up. That thing’s going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay.”
In an After Earth interview with Entertainment Weekly, Will Smith reveals that he turned down Django Unchained because he didn’t want to play the sidekick to the bounty hunter who teaches Django his trade:
“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” says the Men in Black star, whose departure opened the door for Jamie Foxx to play the role. Smith says that before he left the project, he even pleaded with Tarantino to let Django have a more central role in the story. “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’”
What do you think? Was this a smart call for Smith? Should Foxx have made a similar demand of Tarantino?