Will Smith might be one of the biggest and most bankable movie stars on the planet, but he does have a tendency to play it safe when it comes to his films. When it was announced in the Spring on 2011 that Smith was in talks to play Django in Tarantino’s award winning classic, jaws dropped to the floor. Will Smith in a Tarantino film? Never!
And yes, it never happened because Smith pulled out of the project, with Tarantino saying later “He didn’t walk away from it because he was scared of the material. It just wasn’t 100 percent right, and we didn’t have time to try to make it that way.”
Clearly Smith was not happy about something, and while he normally gets to re-write most of the scripts for his films, with this being a Tarantino movie, there was absolutely no chance he was going to interfere with this script! So Smith left the project, and while Tarantino considered Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael K. Williams and Tyrese for the role of Django, it eventually went to Jamie Foxx, who did a superb job.
Personally, I would love to have seen Smith give something like this a shot, but I am not sure he would have suited the part. Now, while he has been secretive about his reasons for leaving the film, Smith has recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, and dropped a bombshell on why he left:
“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” The actor went on to say, “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’”
Now, while you could argue over who was indeed the main character, I am sure you’ll agree that Django was the lead character, with Christoph Waltz Dr Schultz being a very close second as supporting actor. The fact he won awards, including an Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor confirms this. Yet, it would seem Smith was a little arrogant in wanting to be the main character, and even more demanding by saying he wanted to kill the bad guy.
Those who have seen the film will know what Smith is talking about when he say this, and I for one am now glad he didn’t get the role, and try and re-write the films final third. Obviously this is what being one of the worlds biggest movie stars doe to you!