No, I didn't. Whoops.
But I think I said something a little different from what you were saying, which is that Tarantino always does this. This is his pattern, not something out of left-field. I don't understand why anybody is surprised. When the script was first leaked, the speculation should have just started with "which famous personality will play this part?" and not "which great actor will play this part?"
Then, when Will Smith's name came up, we could all say, "Oh. Right. That is what QT would do. Makes sense."
I wouldn't really go so far as to say that Will Smith has to overcome anything to play this role. Who cares what people's expectations of Will Smith are? What are your expectations of Tarantino? It should be exactly this, because of everything he's done before. As far as your expectations of Will Smith in a Tarantino film, well, just look at Tarantino's other films, and you probably won't be surprised when the movie finally comes out (if Smith indeed ends up playing the part).
I will probably enjoy the movie, but I don't expect to be surprised by it. I'm not skeptical nor am I disgusted. I'm not even terribly interested, which is why I only skimmed this thread and missed your post. I guess I only chimed in to say that I don't see what the big whoop is about Will Smith maybe doing this movie. Probably a dumb reason to chime in, but people have chimed in for less.