Django Unchained

Will Smith: I Turned Down Django Unchained Because I “Wasn’t The Lead”

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Will Smith says he turned down the title role in the Oscar-nominated Django Unchained because it “wasn’t the lead.”

Director Quentin Tarantino originally had his sights set on Smith to play Django, a slave who enacts revenge while trying to rescue his wife.

But the actor says he passed on the part because Christoph Waltz’s bounty hunter was the true main role.

Zero Dark Thirty Hunts Down Top Spot; A Haunted House & Gangster Squad Follow

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Zero Dark Thirty, about the CIA manhunt for Osama bin Laden, won the top spot at the weekend box office.

The Oscar-nominated thriller, starring Jessica Chastain, earned $24 million in its first week of expanded nationwide play.

The horror spoof A Haunted House came in second place with $18.8 million.

Gangster Squad, the new mob period piece featuring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn, nabbed third with $16.7 million.

Texas Chainsaw 3D Slashes Its Way To #1

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Texas Chainsaw 3D slashed its way to a surprise #1 box office debut.

The sequel/reboot of the classic horror flick Texas Chainsaw Massacre earned $23 million in theaters this weekend.

Coming in second with $20.1 million was Django Unchained, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey nabbed third place with $17.5 million.

Samuel L. Jackson Tries to Get Reporter to Say “N-Word” During Interview (VIDEO)

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Django Unchained has raised eyebrows for its use of the N-word, and now an interview with Samuel L. Jackson is doing the same.

The film’s star was questioned during a press junket about the controversial dialogue by reporter Jake Hamilton, but pretended not to know what N-word the interviewer was referring to.

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