Django Unchained

‘Django Unchained': Catching Up With Quentin Tarantino And Cast [Exclusive]

Quentin Tarantino has done it again. The visually stylistic director has managed to work historical events into a gripping, witty, dark comedy with an explosive ending that, like most Tarantino helm-ed films, will leave you wanting more. Set in the dirty south two years before the Civil War, Tarantino presents a western with some panache, that only he could brilliantly weave together without breaking a sweat. In a way the film pokes fun at its genre at every turn, with pan-zoomed crash shots on winking moments, and its general tone set by its ensemble cast.

At the center of the story is a German retired dentist turned bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Dr. King, get it?) (Christoph Waltz) and a timid slave Django, (Jamie Foxx), who he has acquired to help him find brothers that are on a bounty. However, the film is less about their journey to find the brothers, and much more about Django coming into his own. Django’s story centers more around the character’s perseverance in trying to reunite with his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who has been sold to a flamboyantly flashy plantation owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Being granted onto the plantation, albeit under false pretenses, leads the duo to face a host of racism, and dangerous men of the south. In addition to Foxx’s highlighted performance, DiCaprio, who is usually on the big screen in a charming role, plays one of his most complex and dehumanizing roles to date, and succeeds.

As a whole, overall the story is very much that of a revenge story. Seeing Foxx come into his own swagger from being a commodity, for the ultimate revenge on the south is possibly the most enjoyable part of the film that just misses its three-hour mark.

The Inquisitr’s very own Niki Cruz attended the press conference for Django Unchained this morning for an interview with director Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson, and Walton Goggins. The hour kicked off at 10 am est. with lots of laughs from the cast and ended on a similar celebratory note, as press was invited to sing “Happy Birthday” to birthday boys, Jonah Hill, Don Johnson, and Jamie Foxx.

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You’ve talked about wanting to make a western but it’s impossible to watch this movie without thinking about slavery as a subject that is largely absent from Hollywood. What sense of responsibility did you have in terms of making this movie that brings slavery out front and center like this?

Quentin Tarantino: Well, I always wanted to do a movie like this that deals with America’s horrific past with slavery. The way I wanted to deal with it is, as opposed to doing a straight historical movie with a capital “H” I actually thought it would be better if it was wrapped up in genre. It seems to me that so many westerns that take place during the Civil War time just bent over backwards to avoid it as is America’s way. Nobody really wants to deal with it. I think it’s like in the story of all the different types of slave narratives that could have existed during this time, there’s a zillion dramatic, exciting, adventurous, heartbreaking, triumphant stories that could be told. Living in a world now where everyone says there are no new stories, there’s a whole bunch of ’em. So I wanted to be one of the first ones out the gate with it.

Django Unchained
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