Will Smith was famously one of several actors to drop out of Quentin Tarantino's latest film, the upcoming Django Unchained. Many industry analysts and fans assumed that this was due to the film's controversial subject matter, having to do with slaves committing ghastly acts of revenge on their white oppressors and whatnot. Not so, says Smith in a recent interview with Empire magazine:
"I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen. 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 to hold him up. That thing's going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay."

So Smith chalks up his declining to do the film to a scheduling conflict (and some undisclosed "issues" with the screenplay). We'll probably never know if this was the REAL reason or if Smith is just being charitable, but at least now we can buy our tickets to Django Unchained secure in the knowledge that the screenplay has the Will Smith Stamp of Approval. I've seen movies for less. (The Playlist)