Comic-Con 2012: Quentin Tarantino Talks ‘Django Unchained’ at Comic-Con
In his last major film, director Quentin Tarantino brought some much-needed retaliation straight to Hitler. Now, in his latest project, Django Unchained, he turns his attention towards the antebellum South, to right the wrongs inflicted on American slaves through a slave-turned-bounty hunter played by Jamie Foxx. Film Equals was at Comic-Con to get a first look at what promises to be another Tarantino classic.
Set free by the ass-kicking force of Christoph Waltz, Foxx’s Django is on a mission to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) who was sold to another master in what promises to be a very bloody version of the classic “spaghetti western.” Bloody, and according to Tarantino, “surreal.”
To prepare for the role, Foxx had to strip away all of his celebrity in order to bring himself to a place where he could portray a slave. It wasn’t too hard for Foxx; he drew on some bad experiences with racism from his childhood to become this character.
Waltz also found himself playing a fish-out-of-water character as a German doctor living in America. Slavery isn’t a part of his heritage, and while Waltz is quick to point out that Django doesn’t ever need a white man to rescue him, he does see something within Django that he knows will make him a good bounty hunter and partner.
Together, they work to take out three brothers who beat Django in the past, but also have a mysterious history with Waltz’s character. Django’s reward for helping him is getting help in finding his wife. Kerry Washington was excited to play another strong, Tarantino woman, but she made a wonderful point when she said that there are different kinds of strength and the writer/director knows which ones are appropriate at what times. Her character might not kick ass and take names, but she’s strong enough to believe in the power of love at a time when black people were not allowed to love freely.
Departing from their usual roles, Samuel L. Jackson will be portraying an Uncle Tom-type and Leonardo di Caprio will play an evil rich man who uses black people as entertainment. Don Johnson also plays a plantation owner and has one amazing Southern accent.
Although Tarantino held a lot back, it’s absolutely possible that this film might exceed Inglorious Basterds, mostly because the subject matter is still controversial and personal to America in particular. Based on audience reaction, it’s going to perform amazingly well.
Django Unchained hits theatres on December 25th, 2012.