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Will Smith has begun the promo run for his up-coming sci-fi epic “After Earth” but he can’t jump ahead to the future just yet. In a conversation with EW the megastar answered once and for all why he turned down the titular role in last year’s slavery themed revenge western, “Django: Unchained.”

Jamie Foxx was eventually given the role of the freed slave turned bounty hunter, but it was originally offered to Smith. The “Men In Black” star admits that he felt the story was “brilliant” but that it was “Just not for me.”

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But why?

“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead,” he confessed, referring to Christopher Waltz Dr. King . Smith added that he wanted Django to have more control over his fate. “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, I need to kill the bad guy!”

Can you blame him? After this many years in Hollywood Will Smith has earned the right not to play second fiddle to anyone. Ever since it was revealed that Smith turned down “The Matrix” to do “Wild Wild West” every script he’s passed on has come under scrutiny. But we’re pretty sure that he took one look at who ultimately took down the slave master and realized that Django wasn’t quite what it was purported to be.

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