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Will Smith talks I Am Legend sequel and why he passed on Django Unchained

Jun. 13, 2012by: Niki Stephens

It was interesting that Will Smith passed on DJANGO UNCHAINED. He nearly had it in the bag, then all of a sudden drops out. Now that you've seen Jamie Foxx in the trailer, do you even care why Smith left?

Here's what he told Empire, "I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen. 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."

Then in another interview with BBC News, Smith spoke about the sequel for I AM LEGEND and the fact that it may not be for him.

Producers are working on it, Smith told BBC News (via EurWeb). Im not actually working on it. If its great, Im into it. When asked if there was a good chance hed reconsider, Smith confesses, Probably not. This is odd, considering that this would only work if they ended on the alternate ending or a Scooby Doo ending or a flashback. Unless he just wants to produce.

Smith also isn't interested in continuing to do sequels for his films, I dont want to be the sequel guy, he recently said. I figure Ive got about six or seven more years where I can run and jump a little bit and then Im going butt and gut for the rest of my career. Butt and gut."

But then this happened, "That said, Smith isnt ruling out a Men in Black 4″ (or Bad Boys 3″ and Hancock 2, for that matter). He would consider the projects only if there was a groundswell of support from fans and if, in the case of MiB 3, people love this one.

He doesn't want to be the sequel guy, but wouldn't rule out pointless sequels in other franchises. Whatever you say, good sir.

Source: EmpireBBC News

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4:47PM on 06/15/2012
Glad he didn't take it. I didn't like him on that crappy sitcom and I don't like him now. And yes, I hate all sitcoms. Nothing worse than a laugh track which basically works as a Q card to tell people when they should be laughing.
Glad he didn't take it. I didn't like him on that crappy sitcom and I don't like him now. And yes, I hate all sitcoms. Nothing worse than a laugh track which basically works as a Q card to tell people when they should be laughing.
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1:31AM on 06/15/2012
I'd be down for a Hancock 2 as long as they actually come up with a plot this time.
I'd be down for a Hancock 2 as long as they actually come up with a plot this time.
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7:51PM on 06/14/2012
Haters are gonna hate period like an actors decision will affect their whole lifestyle or something. I just hate when you read stuff on here like F this person, or this guy sucks or I hate them blah blah. Just doesn't make any sense to me.

Anyway as far as sequels i would want him to do its Bad Boys 3, Hancock 2 & ID4.

Also it's his loss for having to drop out of a chance to work with QT. Would suck even more if Jamie Foxx were to get nominated for numerous awards.
Haters are gonna hate period like an actors decision will affect their whole lifestyle or something. I just hate when you read stuff on here like F this person, or this guy sucks or I hate them blah blah. Just doesn't make any sense to me.

Anyway as far as sequels i would want him to do its Bad Boys 3, Hancock 2 & ID4.

Also it's his loss for having to drop out of a chance to work with QT. Would suck even more if Jamie Foxx were to get nominated for numerous awards.
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4:44PM on 06/15/2012
"Haters are gonna hate"

This shit right here needs to die. I don't this terrible street slang is so popular, but it needs to go away.
"Haters are gonna hate"

This shit right here needs to die. I don't this terrible street slang is so popular, but it needs to go away.
1:41PM on 06/14/2012

What?

Tarantino had a genius screenplay and you didn't try really hard to be involved in it somehow? You didn't want to hold him up??? Tarantino would have elevated your career more than any MIB movie you can muster.
Tarantino had a genius screenplay and you didn't try really hard to be involved in it somehow? You didn't want to hold him up??? Tarantino would have elevated your career more than any MIB movie you can muster.
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11:39AM on 06/14/2012
I know what he's capable of, so I can't totally hate on him. If he'd taken the part, I'd have been excited. But for now, he's just the darkest shade of vanilla there is. Just too safe and goody goody for my liking. Take a risk, Will . . .
I know what he's capable of, so I can't totally hate on him. If he'd taken the part, I'd have been excited. But for now, he's just the darkest shade of vanilla there is. Just too safe and goody goody for my liking. Take a risk, Will . . .
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11:21AM on 06/14/2012
Sometimes I wonder if it's just fun to hate on people or if there's a genuine reasoning behind the bashing. I'm surprised to see so many negative comments about the guy. Big ego? Shitty actor? What the f**k are some of you talking about? Have we been watching the same Will Smith here? I really like Will Smith as an actor in both comedic roles and even more in serious roles. Heck, he gave I Am Legend the quality it needed.
Sometimes I wonder if it's just fun to hate on people or if there's a genuine reasoning behind the bashing. I'm surprised to see so many negative comments about the guy. Big ego? Shitty actor? What the f**k are some of you talking about? Have we been watching the same Will Smith here? I really like Will Smith as an actor in both comedic roles and even more in serious roles. Heck, he gave I Am Legend the quality it needed.
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9:01AM on 06/14/2012

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People hate big Willie because his ego is wayy to big for a guy who has barely been involved in a good movie. I'll give him ID4, MIB and I Am Legend...that's it, everything else he does is shit..yes it is, yes it really is. Don't argue, it is.

I bet he didn't pass on Django Unchained...Tarantino released that Smith's ego stroking would kill his movie so QT told him to Fuck Off...that's what I would have done.
People hate big Willie because his ego is wayy to big for a guy who has barely been involved in a good movie. I'll give him ID4, MIB and I Am Legend...that's it, everything else he does is shit..yes it is, yes it really is. Don't argue, it is.

I bet he didn't pass on Django Unchained...Tarantino released that Smith's ego stroking would kill his movie so QT told him to Fuck Off...that's what I would have done.
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11:22AM on 06/14/2012
What ego are you talking about? You're having him confused with someone else.
What ego are you talking about? You're having him confused with someone else.
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7:32AM on 06/14/2012
What about Independence Day 2? That's a sequel he NEEDS to do! He could be back as the President when the aliens return and he knocks out another alien with one punch. As for Django I dunno. I enjoy his films, serious and comedy alike.
What about Independence Day 2? That's a sequel he NEEDS to do! He could be back as the President when the aliens return and he knocks out another alien with one punch. As for Django I dunno. I enjoy his films, serious and comedy alike.
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4:48AM on 06/14/2012
For a guy who hates curse words and likes to be squeaky clean, I can't see Tarantino budging on his script to accommodate Big Willie. I can't imagine Smith saying "I get to kill white people, what's not to like?"
For a guy who hates curse words and likes to be squeaky clean, I can't see Tarantino budging on his script to accommodate Big Willie. I can't imagine Smith saying "I get to kill white people, what's not to like?"
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4:09AM on 06/14/2012
I want a Seven Pounds sequel that focuses on the jellyfish, which now possesses the mind of the Will Smith character. (That fateful romp in the bathtub triggered a transference) We open on Jelly-Willie stuck in an aquarium and the whole film is about him desperately trying to reconnect with Rosario Dawson.
I want a Seven Pounds sequel that focuses on the jellyfish, which now possesses the mind of the Will Smith character. (That fateful romp in the bathtub triggered a transference) We open on Jelly-Willie stuck in an aquarium and the whole film is about him desperately trying to reconnect with Rosario Dawson.
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1:18AM on 06/14/2012
How could I thumb down this? Good, bad, or otherwise these are his decisions, and he can do what he wants. People clearly like him and his movies, and he seems like a great guy. So what if he had "issues" w/ Django, he's entitled to whatever opinions he may have had.
How could I thumb down this? Good, bad, or otherwise these are his decisions, and he can do what he wants. People clearly like him and his movies, and he seems like a great guy. So what if he had "issues" w/ Django, he's entitled to whatever opinions he may have had.
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12:55AM on 06/14/2012
I don't get the hate for Will Smith, he is a solid actor and is a funny guy, sure he maybe typecast in some movies but he has had his fair share of serious roles as well. And some people say he plays to a family image, but in both Bad Boys he is not playing to that.
I don't get the hate for Will Smith, he is a solid actor and is a funny guy, sure he maybe typecast in some movies but he has had his fair share of serious roles as well. And some people say he plays to a family image, but in both Bad Boys he is not playing to that.
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9:05AM on 06/14/2012
People don't like him because he has an ego bigger than the state of California...for no good reason. Seriously, I could care less if he made a rap album with no cuss words,GREAT! What an accomplishment, does not his music better or say Eminem's music worse...I don't mean to rant it's just his ego...too much for me.
People don't like him because he has an ego bigger than the state of California...for no good reason. Seriously, I could care less if he made a rap album with no cuss words,GREAT! What an accomplishment, does not his music better or say Eminem's music worse...I don't mean to rant it's just his ego...too much for me.
12:55AM on 06/14/2012
I don't get the hate for Will Smith, he is a solid actor and is a funny guy, sure he maybe typecast in some movies but he has had his fair share of serious roles as well. And some people say he plays to a family image, but in both Bad Boys he is not playing to that.
I don't get the hate for Will Smith, he is a solid actor and is a funny guy, sure he maybe typecast in some movies but he has had his fair share of serious roles as well. And some people say he plays to a family image, but in both Bad Boys he is not playing to that.
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12:22AM on 06/14/2012
I'm Legend sucked! No where close to being as good as the book. It was almost a complete different story from the book.
I'm Legend sucked! No where close to being as good as the book. It was almost a complete different story from the book.
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11:57PM on 06/13/2012
Will Smith makes some absolute garbage. Seriously, he just flat out f**king sucks sometimes. But movies like the Pursuit of Happyness show that the man can act his flippin' face off sometimes. So, I'm usually willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Unless, of course, Hancock 2 happens...no excuse...
Will Smith makes some absolute garbage. Seriously, he just flat out f**king sucks sometimes. But movies like the Pursuit of Happyness show that the man can act his flippin' face off sometimes. So, I'm usually willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Unless, of course, Hancock 2 happens...no excuse...
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12:14AM on 06/14/2012
I loved Hancock, and would welcome a sequel!
I loved Hancock, and would welcome a sequel!
11:46PM on 06/13/2012
Fuck him.
Fuck him.
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12:12AM on 06/14/2012
Why?
Why?
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10:44PM on 06/13/2012
I don't mean to be a dick, but I am glad he passed. I am not a fan of him in "serious" roles.
I don't mean to be a dick, but I am glad he passed. I am not a fan of him in "serious" roles.
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12:15AM on 06/14/2012
are you serious? he does great in serious roles.
are you serious? he does great in serious roles.
10:25PM on 06/13/2012

He's the black Tom Cruise.

And I don't mean that in a negative way, but the whole gee-shucks-nice-guy thing seems to keep him sort of pigenholed in certain types of roles. (And that was a conscious move on his part - Bill Simmons wrote an article pointing out that back during his Fresh Prince days, Smith literally went through the Top 10 highest grossing films of all time with his agent and created a breakdown of the qualities of each movie, and then chose subsequent projects based on this list -- e.g. he did his alien
And I don't mean that in a negative way, but the whole gee-shucks-nice-guy thing seems to keep him sort of pigenholed in certain types of roles. (And that was a conscious move on his part - Bill Simmons wrote an article pointing out that back during his Fresh Prince days, Smith literally went through the Top 10 highest grossing films of all time with his agent and created a breakdown of the qualities of each movie, and then chose subsequent projects based on this list -- e.g. he did his alien invasion movie, his buddy movie, loaded them up with special effects -- interesting article here for those who care to read it: [link] But ironically once he achieved success off of this, he seems to have found it harder to do anything else.)

Like Cruise (before his breakdown a few years back), you can sense he's got a lot of angst and different levels of talent behind his well-guarded 'movie star image,' but he hasn't let people past that yet - which is why he's great in those sort of passably entertaining Hollywood 'Men in Black' type roles (and hey, I grew up on the first one - not hating on it at all) but you wouldn't buy him in even the kinds of roles that someone like Brad Pitt dares to take on. (Imagine Smith as a black Tyler Durden. That's the kind of role he needs but can't seem to muster the courage to try.) He probably didn't take Django because of the content matter. He's got a family-friendly image now, and despite the occasional adult-themed film like the jellyfish movie, for the most part he makes movies for wide audiences - just like Cruise. Cruise branched out a bit more with stuff like Magnolia and Born on the Fourth, but Will hasn't gotten to that point yet. And until he does, he will just become the sequel guy.
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10:30PM on 06/13/2012
well I don't know... in that case Will Smith has 4 years to put the equivalent of Collateral, Valkyrie, Vanilla Sky, Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut, The Outsiders, Rain Man, etc. etc. etc. on his resume.

Don't see it happening. Like you said he's entertaining at what he does, but I just flat out don't think he has the dramatic range/talent that someone like Tom Cruise has.

If anyone is the 'black Tom Cruise' I think it would definitely be Denzel Washington.
well I don't know... in that case Will Smith has 4 years to put the equivalent of Collateral, Valkyrie, Vanilla Sky, Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut, The Outsiders, Rain Man, etc. etc. etc. on his resume.

Don't see it happening. Like you said he's entertaining at what he does, but I just flat out don't think he has the dramatic range/talent that someone like Tom Cruise has.

If anyone is the 'black Tom Cruise' I think it would definitely be Denzel Washington.
11:59PM on 06/13/2012
I was speaking more to the effect of how they've branded themselves and their films' intake. Denzel, surprisingly, is actually not much of a box office draw, despite his longevity. Relatively few of his films have even crossed $100 mil domestically, whereas Smith and Cruise usually see that number passed by the second weekend. Cruise was a little more daring, but he, like Smith, had a sort of 'family-friendly, All-American' image that become unraveled due to the Scientology/breakdown stuff back
I was speaking more to the effect of how they've branded themselves and their films' intake. Denzel, surprisingly, is actually not much of a box office draw, despite his longevity. Relatively few of his films have even crossed $100 mil domestically, whereas Smith and Cruise usually see that number passed by the second weekend. Cruise was a little more daring, but he, like Smith, had a sort of 'family-friendly, All-American' image that become unraveled due to the Scientology/breakdown stuff back in the mid-'00s...but back in the day he was America's golden boy, maybe a few more R-rated movies than Smith but from a financial standpoint and from the standpoint as a 'star' he was definitely comparable to Smith more so than Washington.
4:53AM on 06/14/2012
Tom Hanks is the black Tom Cruise
Tom Hanks is the black Tom Cruise
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10:17PM on 06/13/2012

you know what Will

just do BAD BOYS 3 and then I don't care if you ever do another movie again, honestly. After that I hope he does something really bad in his private life, not so that the industry shuns him, but so that they'll shun Jaden lol I kid I kid
just do BAD BOYS 3 and then I don't care if you ever do another movie again, honestly. After that I hope he does something really bad in his private life, not so that the industry shuns him, but so that they'll shun Jaden lol I kid I kid
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10:06PM on 06/13/2012

Every time

I think of how much I hate this guy - I'm reminded of Six Degrees of Separation and that I KNOW he can act. Why he hasn't chosen to do so again in 15 year, I don't know.
I think of how much I hate this guy - I'm reminded of Six Degrees of Separation and that I KNOW he can act. Why he hasn't chosen to do so again in 15 year, I don't know.
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9:56PM on 06/13/2012
When I watched the trailer, all I could think of was how awesome he would have been in it. Foxx is good, but I think Smith would have been perfect.
When I watched the trailer, all I could think of was how awesome he would have been in it. Foxx is good, but I think Smith would have been perfect.
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3:53AM on 06/14/2012
I don't think so. Will isn't that daring because 'image' is everything to him and I'm reminded the time Spielberg offered him a role in Amistad which he declined.
I don't think so. Will isn't that daring because 'image' is everything to him and I'm reminded the time Spielberg offered him a role in Amistad which he declined.
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9:38PM on 06/13/2012

He said if fans wanted it..and they do

Im for badboys 3 an hancock an legend if he wants 2..this is just a hate site for Will its annoying. Dude a star an ya crying like kids. he wouldnt be a movie star or the biggest around even after 4yrs off still brings it one thing to not be a fan another to be a hater....smartest stars period.
Im for badboys 3 an hancock an legend if he wants 2..this is just a hate site for Will its annoying. Dude a star an ya crying like kids. he wouldnt be a movie star or the biggest around even after 4yrs off still brings it one thing to not be a fan another to be a hater....smartest stars period.
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10:04PM on 06/13/2012
Wanna try that again?
Wanna try that again?
10:47PM on 06/13/2012
I'm sorry but...

WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST SAY
I'm sorry but...

WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST SAY
11:23PM on 06/13/2012
his posts make more sense if you read them with a Jamaican accent.
his posts make more sense if you read them with a Jamaican accent.
11:35PM on 06/13/2012
Holly shit, the Jamaican accent works!
Holly shit, the Jamaican accent works!
11:58PM on 06/13/2012
Again! Again!

P.s. violentbuddha deserves a medal for the Jamaican accent suggestion. Brilliant.
Again! Again!

P.s. violentbuddha deserves a medal for the Jamaican accent suggestion. Brilliant.
12:18AM on 06/14/2012
yea I enjoy Will's film's too!
yea I enjoy Will's film's too!
9:31PM on 06/13/2012
"Sit with him and get through the issues"? Whatever you say, Will. I'm sure the lack of an "Aw hell naw!" was one of them.
"Sit with him and get through the issues"? Whatever you say, Will. I'm sure the lack of an "Aw hell naw!" was one of them.
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