Many are now outraged by Will Smith’s Oscars slapping incident a few weeks ago. The past is being rememberedReexamined in a fresh light. Smith’s admission that he refused to play Quentin Tarantino in a particular moment. Django Unchained.
Smith’s explanation at the time was why the moment is drawing some attention following the slap. According to an interview conducted in 2015 with The Hollywood ReporterSmith explained that he originally said yes to the role but later changed his mind.
“I had said yes to Django, but it was more about the creative direction of the story,”Smith spoke at an actor’s roundtable. DjangoSamuel L. Jackson is one of many legendary actors. “To me, it’s as perfect a story as you could ever want. A guy that learns how to kill to retrieve his wife that has been taken as a slave.”
Smith says he watches movies to see the character’s story, before reading the ending and beginning. “And it was just that Quentin and I couldn’t see [eye to eye]. I wanted to make the greatest love story that African Americans had ever seen from American cinema,”Smith stated. “We met. We talked. We sat for hours and hours and hours about it. I wanted to make that movie so badly, but with that story I felt the only way I could make that movie is it had to be a love story, not a vengeance story.”
Smith isn’t in any way portrayed negatively by this, but it does highlight some creative differences. People are most likely hearing alarm bells when Smith talks about his views on violence.
“I don’t believe in violence as the reaction to violence, So when I’m looking at this, it’s like, ‘No, no, no. It has to be for love. That’s the only way he can retrieve his love is to do this. He can’t want to be this. No, no, no,'”Smith stated. “Violence begets violence. For me, I just couldn’t connect to violence being the answer. Love had to be the answer.”
Smith spoke from the heart, and there was no doubt about that. But many now question Smith’s honesty after the Oscar’s outburst. Smith was banned by The Academy from attending Oscars events for ten consecutive years. Smith also resigned before The Academy made their decision.