Talk about revisionist history.
Will Smith turned down the chance to play the part of the titular character in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” because he didn’t think the bounty hunter character was the top gun in the film.
“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead,” the 44-year-old actor told Entertainment Weekly. “The other character was the lead!”
Smith said he felt the real lead of the movie belonged to Christoph Waltz’s dentist turned killer — a part that ultimately earned the German thespian a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.
Among the issues that Smith had with the script — which also won an Oscar — was that Django didn’t even get to gun down the villain (Leonardo DiCaprio’s character).
Jamie Foxx had no such problem saying yes to a role in a movie that went to earn critical acclaims and $413 million worldwide.
“I thought it was brilliant,” Smith told EW about the finished film. “Just not for me.”