Django Unchained – Foxx: “It’s A Love Story”, Tarantino: “You’ll Be Uncomfortable”5.06.12 # News # One Comment
Some intriguing quotes and new pictures are the order of the day for anyone looking forward to Quentino Tarantino’s latest, Django Unchained.
Western Southern sees Jamie Foxx star as former slave Django, who sets out to rescue his wife from the sadistic smoking-jacket-clad plantation owner Leonardo DiCaprio. Tarantino also reunites with the Oscar winning Inglourious Basterds actor Christoph Waltz, playing dentist-turned-bounty-hunter Dr. King Schultz. Foxx said this week that the movie, at its heart, is a love story -
“The one thing that stuck out to me in the script was that Django got married. Back then to be married was taboo. You could be killed… The strongest buck would mate with the strongest black woman so they could get stronger slaves. They didn’t want black people married. So Django being married was a big thing for me. This is a love story. He’s not trying to stop slavery. He’s not trying to do anything but find the love of his life – which is like trying to find a needle in a world of haystacks.”
Meanwhile Tarantino has said that audiences will be uncomfortable with the racism depicted in the movie, but he believes that it’s important to show the historical reality of it -
“[The racism] is what I wanted to deal with and that’s the reason to do it. It’s not to avoid it, it’s absolutely to deal with that. Show how America was back then and how f****d-up we were.”
Critical reaction to the footage shown at Cannes was promising, with the likes of Vulture praising the humour -
“The big surprise? How funny this potentially controversial Western has turned out to be. In particular, Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be having the time of his life dropping N-bombs and smiling rotted teeth as plantation owner Calvin Candie.”
Rumour has it the first trailer will be attached to the U.S. release of Prometheus this Friday – I suspect (and hope!) we’ll be seeing it on the internet very soon.
Django Unchained is released December 25 in the US and January 18 in the UK.