The sentence by Will Smith may not suit his current situation much. But that is what the A-list actor said during an interview explaining why he rejected Django Unchained. The 53-year-old has always been appreciated for his wide variety of roles. The Pursuit of Happiness actor has had a career spanning three decades. He began his career with small roles and succeeded enough to be in a position to turn down roles. But the actor must have had calculated reasons for turning down big roles.
The leads for some of the movies that Smith turned down, went on to other actors, giving them a career break in Hollywood. This also included Henry Cavill planning Superman in Man of Steel. But turning down the legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s movie, now that is a big decision. So what made Will Smith reject the superhit movie Django Unchained? Let us find out.
The reason behind Will Smith turning down Django Unchained
Will Smith’s success means he has the power to choose his roles. This also means having to reject some goldmine movies. One such movie was Django Unchained. According to a source, the actor was in a roundtable session with Hollywood Reporter, when Smith explained, “To me it’s as perfect a story as you could ever want and even I wanted to make that movie so badly. Quentin and I couldn’t see (eye to eye). It had to be a love story, not a vengeance story. I just couldn’t connect to violence being the answer. Love had to be the answer.“ So his reason for turning down was because he couldn’t with the violent storyline.
In the end, the movie was made according to the Pulp Fiction director’s style and it received a great positive review. Quentin Tarantino acted as both writer and creator for the revisionist Western film. With a budget of $100 million, the movie was released in 2012 and earned $425.4 million at the box office. Jamie Foxx eventually played the lead after both Will Smith and Michael K. William were considered. Other co-stars included Titanic actor Leonardo Di Caprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L Jackson.
It is apparent that Smith likes the idea of being part of the movie-making process. The Men in Black star will also be co-producing the movie I am Legend 2, the sequel to I am Legend that starred him, so his opinion would be counted to a certain extent. Until then you can stream some of his hits on Netflix. But do you think Will Smith’s reason behind turning down Django Unchained was sensible? Let us know in the comments.