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

Truth rating: 10
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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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VIDEO

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.

Hobbit Wins Box Office; Django Unchained Takes Second, Les Misérables in Third

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey looks to have edged out two challengers for the weekend’s top spot at the box office.

Peter Jackson’s latest fantasy epic earned $32.9 million in its third weekend, just enough to beat new release Django Unchained, with a projected $30.7 million in ticket sales.

Les Misérables, in its debut week, took third place with $28 million.

Les Misérables Leads Christmas Day Box Office; Django Unchained Strong #2

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Les Misérables topped the Christmas Day box office, earning approximately $18 million to lead the holiday pack.

The much-anticipated musical adaptation, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, outperformed expectations, as did Django Unchained, the slavery-era revenge epic from director Quentin Tarantino.

That film, featuring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, hit the $15 million mark to debut at #2.

Django Unchained Premiere Canceled Due to Connecticut Shooting

Truth rating: 10
(Weinstein Company)

The L.A. premiere for Django Unchained, directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Jamie FoxxChristoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and others, has been canceled because of the shooting massacre in Connecticut, the Weinstein Company announced on Monday.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, CT,” said the Weinstein Company, adding that “in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo” the premiere that was slated for Tuesday.

WATCH: Jamie Foxx Faces Off Against Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained

(Weinstein Co.)

TRAILER

There’s a new trailer for Django Unchained, the upcoming Quentin Tarantino slavery-era, bounty hunter/revenge epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz.

For the first time, we also see Jonah Hill, a late addition to the cast.

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