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‘Django Unchained’: Jamie Foxx took lead intended for another star

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kaymax

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Now that the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is out (see below), we'll get you up-to-date on the facts.

Some have dubbed the film Tarantino's "Southern" -- a play on the fact the film's title borrows from 1966 Italian spaghetti Western "Django," includes Western film elements, but is set in the South. In the revenge-themed "Unchained," Jamie Foxx plays Django --a freed slave who becomes a bounty hunter and faces off with an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio), all the while seeking the whereabouts of his slave wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington).

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Sometimes I wonder, when these stars turn down a role and that role turns out to be that of a lifetime, do they ever regret it? For example, the Halle role on the movie Monster's Ball, was originally offered to Angela Bassett and Venessa Williams (the desperate housewife Williams), and now Will Smith with Django. I wonder if they ever slap themselves for turning down the role, no matter what reason. I've not seen Django, but I smell another Oscar for Jamie here. I think Will did not want to play a slave and he turned it down, but the role seems like a powerful one. Anyway, I think Jamie is a much better actor anyday anyhow, so the casting was perfect as far as I'm concerned.
 

Kala Lou

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Now that the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is out (see below), we'll get you up-to-date on the facts.

Some have dubbed the film Tarantino's "Southern" -- a play on the fact the film's title borrows from 1966 Italian spaghetti Western "Django," includes Western film elements, but is set in the South. In the revenge-themed "Unchained," Jamie Foxx plays Django --a freed slave who becomes a bounty hunter and faces off with an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio), all the while seeking the whereabouts of his slave wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington).

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Sometimes I wonder, when these stars turn down a role and that role turns out to be that of a lifetime, do they ever regret it? For example, the Halle role on the movie Monster's Ball, was originally offered to Angela Bassett and Venessa Williams (the desperate housewife Williams), and now Will Smith with Django. I wonder if they ever slap themselves for turning down the role, no matter what reason. I've not seen Django, but I smell another Oscar for Jamie here. I think Will did not want to play a slave and he turned it down, but the role seems like a powerful one. Anyway, I think Jamie is a much better actor anyday anyhow, so the casting was perfect as far as I'm concerned.
Dunno abou that Will Smith sef....he also turned down the role of Neo in the Matrix to go Play Jim West in Wild West..go figure..
 

Sola

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It is a balancing act, as every actor will tell you. Sometimes, you have signed a contract or verbally agreed to be a part of another production and the scheduling makes it impossible to take both roles. Other times, your assessment of the production is off - or the production gets imbued with a bigger life than you thought it would have when you turned it down. There's also the audience factor...Its almost impossible to predict which movie will gain buzz and build up an audience. You win some, others you don't. Actors' life.

Oh, Basset may not want to do nudity at this age. Will may not be keen on being a slave, being a crossover leading man, one of the black few...
 

kaymax

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Dunno abou that Will Smith sef....he also turned down the role of Neo in the Matrix to go Play Jim West in Wild West..go figure..
Abi O
It is a balancing act, as every actor will tell you. Sometimes, you have signed a contract or verbally agreed to be a part of another production and the scheduling makes it impossible to take both roles. Other times, your assessment of the production is off - or the production gets imbued with a bigger life than you thought it would have when you turned it down. There's also the audience factor...Its almost impossible to predict which movie will gain buzz and build up an audience. You win some, others you don't. Actors' life.
I see, I can understand all that, however, on the two examples I used, I know that neither of the actresses wanted to role because they thought it 'demeaning' and according to Angela, stereotypical. For the Will turning down Django, he 'reportedly' did not want to play a slave. Will is an incredibly busy man and he seems to be writing his own tickets these days, perhaps he does not care about getting any awards.
 

Sola

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I see, I can understand all that, however, on the two examples I used, I know that neither of the actresses wanted to role because they thought it 'demeaning' and according to Angela, stereotypical. For the Will turning down Django, he 'reportedly' did not want to play a slave. Will is an incredibly busy man and he seems to be writing his own tickets these days, perhaps he does not care about getting any awards.
Awards are not guaranteed, believe me, just because you "demeaned" yourself for Hollywood, though they do tend to give actors awards for such roles, but everyone knows the demeaning roles also tend to be particularly challenging for obvious reasons. A QT movie is not neccessarily assured an award.
 

kaymax

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Awards are not guaranteed, believe me, just because you "demeaned" yourself for Hollywood, though they do tend to give actors awards for such roles, but everyone knows the demeaning roles also tend to be particularly challenging for obvious reasons. A QT movie is not neccessarily assured an award.
No, but coupled with a huge name playing a slave, it certainly does not hurt.
 

sidney

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I won't lie I was a little concerned when I heard the premise of this movie... Quentin has a love of the word "nigger" and generally over stepping boardaries.. Now I have actually loved all of his movies! But there could have been a legitimate concern with his script. Additionally there are points in an actors career that you make conscious decisions to do or not to do certain "types" of characters or do certain movies based on so many other factors.

Will Smith chose "Wild Wild West" which was based on a well known, popular TV show, where his original character was white. So it was a bit ground breaking there for him to play the lead role. Additionally it had an built in audience. It was expected to be a huge pay off. While Matrix had only Laurence Fishbourne as a major star attached to the original film. The Matrix premise, on paper, did not speak to how the Wachowski brothers were going to film it. A lot of technology wasn't even available at the time the script was being shopped. The scene where Neo dodges the bullets for the first time, was filmed one year after they started filming. They figured it out as they went along.

At that time, no-one could have envisioned how good Matrix was going to be. There were so many other movies with similar story lines that did not do well. It was only their second movie for the Wachowski brothers at the time, while Wild Wild West was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, who had already done Adams Family, Get Shorty and Men in Black... He was a big time director with a track record who Will had worked with before. And then Kevin Kline was a bigger name than Laurence Fishbourne...

When you look at it in hindsight, Will made a good decision based on the information he had at the time. It just didn't pan out they way he thought it would.
 

sidney

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I just read something I never knew before...... Barry Sonnenfeld started out directing hard core porn...... :shock

So VillageBoy there is still hope for you to cross over to the mainstream..... smokin:
 

Village-Boi

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I just read something I never knew before...... Barry Sonnenfeld started out directing hard core porn...... :shock
So VillageBoy there is still hope for you to cross over to the mainstream..... smokin:
Hahahahahaha I've never directed porn; I've done camera, lights, sound and photography... eerrrrmmmmm not 'action' on porn but def not and will def never direct porn.

Oh where was I before you came with this ya nonzenze fake afro thinking... ah yes. Terminator would probably have been 'ot too good' if they had gone for OJ like they wanted to... thankfully the 'glove didn't fit the hand'.
 

sidney

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Hahahahahaha I've never directed porn; I've done camera, lights, sound and photography... eerrrrmmmmm not 'action' on porn but def not and will def never direct porn.

Oh where was I before you came with this ya nonzenze fake afro thinking... ah yes. Terminator would probably have been 'ot too good' if they had gone for OJ like they wanted to... thankfully the 'glove didn't fit the hand'.
:shock

Then we can't work together... :gnash

Oyah Sola! Send me your reel! smokin:
 

Village-Boi

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:shock
Then we can't work together... :gnash
Oyah Sola! Send me your reel! smokin:
Seriously you don't want to be on one of those sets... they are as boring as hell and if you are punished to do sound duties that stupid 'national anthem' moaning all those clear heel wearing girls dey do will drive you up the freaking wall.
 
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