More often than not, there are stories read or written about possibility of a certain actor or actress being cast in a certain movie. Then one day, you see a trailer for said movie and guess what, it’s another actor or actress in the role. And more often than not, you never hear why. That’s not the case with Will Smith and his brief dance with Django Unchained. Originally, he was numero uno on QT’s wish list, but it never came to pass. Lucky for us, Big Willie Style talked about it.
Entertainment Weekly asked him Smith about Django, and Smith gave this response:
“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!”
Now, if you saw Django, you know a couple of things: 1), Django was pretty much the lead in the movie and 2) having the pivotal scene at Candie Land that leads to the death of Calvin Candie went down perfectly. I don’t think the story would’ve benefited from having Django kill Candie. Sure, that scenario would’ve worked but what did happen was much more satisfying and riveting.
Smith also went on to say that he saw Django and thought it was brilliant but the movie wasn’t for him. Maybe Smith has a different interpretation of what he said, but the way it comes across is he’s just another actor who’s ego wouldn’t let him take a role he felt wouldn’t give him enough screen time or accolades. Or maybe, judging by his statement the movie wasn’t for him, he felt uncomfortable with the dialogue in the movie. Either way, I’m glad the way things worked out. Jamie Foxx was pretty good in the role of Django and I think did a better job than Smith would have done with the role.