Even though Jamie Foxx was the perfect choice to play the lead character in Django Unchained, Idris Elba was one of the leading candidates to play the star of the Quentin Tarantino film, but according to Tarantino, Elba was never considered for the part, largely because he is a British actor and this is an American story. More after the jump.
Tarantino revealed this info during an interview with the UK Sun. “Yeah, Idris is British and this is an American story. I think a problem with a lot of movies that deal with this issue is they cast British actors to play the Southerners and it goes a long way to distancing the movie. They put on their gargoyle masks and they do their phoney accents and you are not telling an American story any more. They are just making hay of it, whether it be James Mason in Mandingo or Michael Caine in Hurry Sundown, they get British actors to do this.”
This info is interesting on account that Elba has played numerous prominent American characters during his career, including what may be his most famous role as Stringer Bell from the hit series The Wire and he was so good in that role, that few people watching the show even knew that he was British. Other notable snubs include Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael K. Williams and Tyrese.