Will Smith's "Django Unchained" lead dispute

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Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, this Western drama is set in the Deep South and follows Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave who treks across America with Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German dentist turned bounty hunter. Together, they try to retrieve Django's wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the charming but sadistic Francophile plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his band of ruthless slavers.
March 26th, 2013

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!''

''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.

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.