Hollywood celebrity gossip recently learned that WILL SMITH turned down the title role for “Django Unchained”—which eventually went to JAMIE FOXX—because it “wasn’t the lead” role.
So it looks like there may have been some truth to the previous claim made by actress Janet Hubert—one of Will Smith’s “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” co-stars—about the actor being an “egomaniac.”
Initially, director Quentin Tarantino had wanted Smith to play the title role in “Django Unchained” (which went on become his highest-grossing film to date and earned numerous Academy Award nominations) instead of Jamie Foxx. Unfortunately, the “Men In Black” star rejected the offer, because even though the titular slaved-turned-bounty hunter appeared to be the main character, his partner (played by Christoph Waltz) was actually the lead.
And of course, Smith wanted top billing.
He tells Entertainment Weekly:
“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead… The other character was the lead!”
“I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’”
However, in an ironic twist of fate, the role of Django Freeman was eventually promoted to the lead, while Waltz’s role—for which he won an Oscar—became the supporting character.
Nonetheless, Will has no hard feelings. He shares:
“I thought [“Django Unchained”] was brilliant. Just not for me.”
What can you say about Will’s “need” to be the lead actor?
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