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Will Smith Turned Down Django for a Very Will Smith Reason

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07:  Will Smith attends the "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" New York Premier at Ziegfeld Theatre on June 7, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Back in June, Will Smith told Empire that he dropped Django Unchained because of a scheduling conflict. ("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.") Now that the movie's done and the Oscars are a wrap, here's his real story: “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” he tells EW.  “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’” Smith still rides for the movie, though: “I thought it was brilliant. Just not for me.” Remember this the next 40 times someone quits a movie because of a calendar.

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images