By now, we should all be up to speed that Jamie Foxx is playing the eponymous lead in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Django Unchained. Yes, we are, yes? Great. Okay, well most of you clever film fan-type reader people are also likely aware that role, of a liberated southern slave searching for his wife, was also touted as a possibility for the prime purveyor of nice clean rap himself, Mr. Big Willy Smith. But how come Smith never signed for the gig?
Men in Black 3 is the answer. And given the second MiB sequel offers such a sterling reason NOT to venture to the multiplex, it seems apposite that it gave its leading man a reason NOT to make a movie. Says Smith of his decision to pass on Tarantino’s offer for Django Unchained:
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 hold him up.
Exit Agent J. Enter J. Foxx to save the day, and maybe his own Hollywood career post-the likes of Law Abiding Citizen and The Soloist. However though Smith said “Nah, forget it, yo homes to Bel Air!” to Django Unchained, he is fulsome in his praise of the project.
It was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen… that thing’s going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay.
Mind you, he probably said that about Hitch.
Still, the fires of fan excitement are burning steadily brighter ahead of the release of Django Unchained in December (January 2013 for us poor suckers in the UK), and as if perfectly timed to underline that point, a new international trailer for the movie has just been released. The clip doesn’t stray too far from what was seen in the first trailer, but it does feature more of Christoph Waltz’s toothsome bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz.