Will Smith turned down ‘Django Unchained’ due to ‘violence’

Will Smith wasn’t a fan of director Quentin Tarantino’s inventive selection of violence.

A resurfaced interview has revealed that Smith, 53, turned down the function of Django Freeman within the “Pulp Fiction” filmmaker’s 2012 film “Django Unchained.”

A 2016 roundtable interview with the Hollywood Reporter has re-emerged following the controversy surrounding Smith and his disorderly conduct on the Oscars on March 27. The “King Richard” star went onstage and slapped and cursed at presenter Chris Rock in the course of the dwell telecast ceremony after the comedian made a joke about his spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her bald head.

The actor and singer — who was interviewed alongside display screen legends Mark Ruffalo, Benicio del Toro, Joel Edgerton, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Cain — famous that whereas he was within the script, he stated no to taking part in Django as a result of he “couldn’t hook up with violence being the reply” within the story.

The film adopted Django — an element finally crammed by Jamie Foxx — and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) as they tackle a journey to avoid wasting the previous’s spouse, Broomhilda von Shaft (Kerry Washington).

Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx within the 2012 Western “Django Unchained.”

“I had stated sure to Django, but it surely was extra in regards to the inventive route of the story,” Smith stated of initially giving it a thumbs up. “To me, it’s as excellent a narrative as you may ever need. A man that learns kill to retrieve his spouse that has been taken as a slave.”

However Smith — now notorious for yelling “Hold my spouse’s identify out of your f – – king mouth!” at Rock after slapping him — apparently had deep reservations in regards to the violence, including that he met and spoke with Tarantino about his inner dilemma.

“I wished to make that film so badly, however with that story, I felt the one method I might make that film is it needed to be a love story, not a vengeance story,” the daddy of three recalled.

“After I select motion pictures, I’m selecting the arc. I learn the primary 35 pages and I learn the ending. And to me, that concept is ideal,” he continued. “And it was simply that Quentin and I couldn’t see [eye to eye]. I wished to make the best love story that African People had ever seen from American cinema.”

Curiously, the “Dangerous Boys” alum expounded additional about how “love” ought to play into portraying violence.

“I don’t consider in violence because the response to violence. So once I’m taking a look at this, it’s like, ‘No, no, no. It must be for love. That’s the one method he can retrieve his love is to do that. He can’t wish to be this. No, no, no.’

“Violence begets violence. For me, I simply couldn’t hook up with violence being the reply,” he continued. “Love needed to be the reply.”

Smith slapped Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith balding.
Smith (proper) slapped presenter Chris Rock on the Oscars after the comic made a joke about his spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her bald head.
Photograph by ROBYN BECK/AFP by way of Getty Pictures

After the slap, Smith gained the Oscar for Greatest Actor on the awards telecast final month and the academy is reportedly “cut up” on whether or not they need to revoke his golden statuette.

The group had moved up its board assembly to Friday, April 8, as a substitute of April 18 to debate Smith’s actions and ramifications.

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