AceShowbiz - %cWill Smith% once again explains his decision to turn down "Django Unchained". The "Suicide Squad" actor once said he rejected the role because he needed to be the lead, but now he claims it was because of the violence. He wanted it to be a love story, not a vengeance story.
"It was about the creative direction of the story," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "To me, it's as perfect a story as you could ever want: a guy that learns how to kill to retrieve his wife that has been taken as a slave. That idea is perfect. And it was just that Quentin and I couldn't see [eye to eye]."
"I wanted to make that movie so badly, but I felt the only way was, it had to be a love story, not a vengeance story," he continued. "We can't look at what happens in Paris [the terrorist attacks] and want to f*** somebody up for that. Violence begets violence. I just couldn't connect to violence being the answer. Love had to be the answer."
The role was eventually given by %cQuentin Tarantino% to %cJamie Foxx%. In the Oscar race, the titular character was considered as the lead and earned Foxx a Best Actor nomination. Meanwhile, %cChristoph Waltz% won Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards.