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(USA TODAY) Will Smith was offered a role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

But the actor, who will star with son Jaden in this summer'sAfter Earth, tellsEWthat he turned down the part because he didn't like that the character was taking a back seat to the bounty hunter (played by Christoph Waltz).

"Django wasn't the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!" says Smith.

The role went to Jamie Foxx, of course.

Smith says that before he opted out of the project, he pleaded with Tarantino to let Django have a more central part in the story. "I was like, 'No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!'"

But even though he didn't wind up in the film, Smith's a fan. "I thought it was brilliant," he says. "Just not for me."