Yeah, I gotta admit, the idea of Will Smith in a Quentin Tarantino movie just didn’t feel right to me. Kinda like when Anne Hathaway did Barbara Kopple’s “Havoc”. Yeah, you get it, she’s trying to shed her good girl image, but man, it just felt so wrong and dirty, and you can pretty much see that Hathaway felt the same way, because she hasn’t gone anywhere near that kind of material again.
The thing is? I’m sure Will Smith could have pulled off the role of a freed slave who teams up with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to retrieve his lost love from an evil slavemaster (Leonardo DiCaprio is in negotiations to play the role) and his equally sadistic slave right hand man (Samuel L. Jackson). But I would have felt kind of dirty watching him doing it, though.
And apparently Smith feels the same way, because according to Variety, Smith’s interest in the project is “waning”, and as a result Tarantino has begun considering other actors for the lead role, including Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba and Chris Tucker. Yes, Chris Tucker. Wow. I thought Chris Tucker had retired or gone underground or something. The last time he did a movie was 2007’s “Rush Hour 3”.
Even sans a leading man, The Weinstein Co. and Tarantino have now penciled “Django Unchained” in for a December 2012 release date, which would pit it against Disney’s wholesome family film “The Lone Ranger”. Don’t ever say Hollywood doesn’t give you choices, America.