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Published On: Fri, Jun 15th, 2012

Will Smith talks about leaving Django Unchained and saying no to I am Legend 2

Will Smith did a recent interview and explained why he turned down the chance to star in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” MTV reported on June 14 that Smith just couldn’t squeeze the movie into his already busy schedule.

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“I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen,” Smith said. “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.”

Tarantino replaced Smith with Jamie Foxx, in the role of the slave freed to help an assassin track down some prey. Christoph Waltz, who picked up an Oscar for his role in “Inglourious Basterds,” plays the assassin.

As for Smith, he has been in the news recently with his talk of not wanting to be known as a “sequel guy,” although he did say he would consider one for “I am Legend” if the script is great and another “Men in Black” movie if fans call for it.

“I don’t want to be the sequel guy,” Smith told the BBC. “I figure I’ve got about six or seven more years where I can run and jump a little bit and then I’m going butt and gut for the rest of my career. Butt and gut.”

 

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