Will Smith Explains Why He Rejected Role In Django Unchained
Will Smith has been one of the biggest Hollyweird stars for almost two decades but the actor has been known to make some less than strategic decisions when picking films.
Smith has now revealed that the size of the part (interestingly Waltz ended up winning Best Supporting Actor, not Best Leading Actor) was of lesser consequence to him than his own strong principles regarding violence.
Speaking at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual actor roundtable, Smith explained that although the idea of a man learning how to kill so he can rescue his wife from slavery is “perfect”, his vision did not line up with Tarantino’s.
“I wanted to make the greatest love story that African Americans had ever seen,” he said. “We talked, we met, we sat for hours and hours about it. I wanted to make that movie so badly, but I felt the only way was,it had to be a love story, not a vengeance story.”
Smith added that he does not “believe in violence as the reaction to violence” before referencing the Paris terrorist attacks, which led to the deaths of 130 people earlier this month.
“We can’t look at what happens in Paris and want to f**k somebody up for that,” he said. “Violence begets violence. I just couldn’t connect to violence being the answer. Love had to be the answer.”
Fun Fact: Will Smith declined the leading role in The Matrix to star in struggle flick Wild Wild West. Yikes.