Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Why Will Smith turned down Django Unchained

26 March 2013, 18:09

Los Angeles - Will Smith turned down Django Unchained because he wasn't the lead character.

The actor was originally pegged to play the titular freed slave in Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning spaghetti Western film - the role which eventually went to Jamie Foxx - but reveals he passed on the part because he felt Christoph Waltz's Dr King Schultz was the main character, not Django.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said: "Django wasn't the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!"

'Not for me'

"I was like, 'No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!'"

Despite Smith perceiving Waltz's character to be the lead, the actor went on to be nominated for and win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at last month's Academy Awards ceremony, while Foxx was billed as the film's star.

Despite turning down the film, the Men in Black 3 star admits he thoroughly enjoyed the finished product, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson and Kerry Washington.

Will Smith Django Unchained

He said: "I thought it was brilliant. Just not for me."

Smith will next be seen in sci-fi blockbuster After Earth, which co-stars his son with Jada Pinkett-Smith, 14-year-old Jaden.

- BangShowBiz


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Jayne Zack
I am in ODM to stay, Busia Depu...

Busia Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa told Deputy President William on the face that he was in the Orange Democratic Movement to stay. Read more...

Boda Boda operators in Bahati rai...

Motorbike Boda Boda operators from Bahati Sub county on Tuesday took to the streets of Nakuru’s CBD lamenting over what they term is harassment by patrol police officers in the area. Read more...

Submitted by
Gabriel Ngallah
Human Rights activist lives in fe...

The Human rights fraternity in Mombasa is currently living in fear after the home of one of the vocal human rights champion was invaded on Monday night. Read more...

Submitted by
kel wesh
Poisonous milk powder siezed by K...

The Kenya Revenue Authority has seized two containers with illegal milk powder which had been declared as gypsum board at Mombasa port. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be ready for protests, Raila warn...

Expect protests if meddling with Auditor General continues, Raila Odinga has said. Read more...

Submitted by
Kenya says will return to interna...

Kenya will return to international markets to borrow when it feels the time is right, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said on Tuesday. Read more...