Why Will Smith Rejected a "Django Unchained" Role


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When director Quentin Tarantino began looking for cast members for his 2012 film Django Unchained, he offered the part of Django to Will Smith. If you’ve ever seen the film, you know that Will Smith wasn’t in it. That’s because he turned down the part because he felt he was not being offered the leading role. Jamie Foxx ultimately took the role of Django. Smith has now revealed that he felt the part of dentist-turned-bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz was the real lead. In the film, it is Schultz — played by Christoph Waltz — who finally takes out Leonardo DiCaprio’s sneering plantation owner Calvin Candie. Smith said he wanted to be the one to kill the bad guy. Ironically, Waltz ended up winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Django Unchained turned out to be Tarantino's biggest ever box office hit, grossing a hugely impressive $413 million worldwide. Considering that Foxx walked away with a cool $10 million for his role in the film, it looks like the joke was on Will Smith.