I wanted the lead in 'Django Unchained': Will Smith

Mar 27, 2013, 06:50 IST | PTI

Superstar Will Smith, who was once tipped for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained", said he had turned down the offer because it was not the lead role.

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.

Will Smith
Will Smith. Pic/Santa Banta

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. 

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