Most Quentin Tarantino fans know that Will Smith was the first choice to play the revenge seeking former slave in the 2012 hit Django Unchained!
The Concussion star has always been a bit vague about why exactly he turned down the role of the titular character — which was eventually portrayed by Jamie Foxx — until now!
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Speaking at The Hollywood Reporter's Actors Roundtable, the 47-year-old explained that he and Tarantino had different visions of what they wanted the story to be about!
When asked about being offered the role in Django, Smith said:
We're definitely excited for Christmas!
No it's not because we want Santa to come down the chimney — well, not JUST that — it's because Quentin Tarantino's new film, The Hateful Eight hits theaters!
Despite police banding together to boycott Tarantino's western – because the director publicly spoke out against police shootings — we're pretty darn excited to see the flick!
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The film stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell as bounty hunters who find shelter — along with six others of course — during a particularly nasty blizzard sometime after the Civil War.
Being a Tarantino film, the octet obviously gets caught up in a plot of betrayal, deception, and lots and lots of violence!
Ch-ch-check out the AH-Mazing new trailer (above) and let us know if you'll be watching it as a Christmas present to yourself!
Quentin Tarantino has come under quite a bit of fire for his movies in the past, but most recently for the constant use of the N-word in Django Unchained.
But not to stop there, right after the film's premiere he found another himself wrapped up in another controversy when people weren't too happy that he attempted to talk censorship at the Golden Globes and dropped the word again.
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Well, now he's speaking out about the backlash he received from critics and the media in regards to Django, saying:
Quentin Tarantino doesn't give a single f**k! But he does give praise.
In a fantastically honest interview in which he lauded Barack Obama as the best president of his lifetime and said Wes Craven messed up Scream, the Django Unchained director had some VERY nice things to say about Jennifer Lawrence.
[ Video: Samuel L. Jackson In Full Trailer For The Hateful Eight! ]
We told you several months ago that J.Law was in contention for a phenomenal role as a crazypants criminal on her way to be hanged in his new western The Hateful Eight.
It turns out the Hunger Games star did catch his eye! He revealed:
In his follow-up to Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino is taking us write back to the Old West for some good old fashioned intrigue!
Oh, with some help from Quentin's trademark badass dialogue and wanton gunplay that is!
[ Photos: Check Out Three Of The Hateful Eight Characters From Quentin Tarantino's New Film! ]
Ch-ch-check out the video (above) to see Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and more in the first full trailer for The Hateful Eight!
See the movie (in glorious 70mm) on Christmas Day!