The 44-year-old also said that he passed on the part because of a scheduling conflict, said the Hollywood Reporter. "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!' "I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen.
I was in the middle of 'Men In Black 3' and (Tarantino) was ready to go, and I just couldn't sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn't want to hold him up. That thing's going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay," Smith said. "Django Unchained" won the original screenplay at the 85th Academy Awards.