Jamie Foxx talks Django Unchained
It's clear that there is quite a lot of anticipation for Quentin Tarantino's next film, Django Unchained.
Theoretically classified as a Western, Tarantino is calling the movie a "Southern," as it is about a slave fighting for his freedom and fighting to reunite with his wife, who has been sold off. As we recently reported, seven minutes of footage was screened at the Cannes Film Festival to uniformly positive response, and the first coming attraction for the film will be playing before Prometheus.
Originally Tarantino wanted Will Smith to play the title role, but he passed and now Jamie Foxx is playing Django. A number of stills from the film have been popping up all over the 'Net, and he's got a great, strong, burly look to him, somewhat similar to Richard Roundtree back in his 70's ass kickin' prime.
Interestingly enough, Empire also ran a photo of Tarantino directing the film dressed up like a cowboy, because he apparently likes to be in costume similar to his actors when he's filming. Of course, as long as Tarantino's not "acting" in the movie, that's perfectly fine with me.
Having read the script, I found it very enjoyable, and yes the N bomb is dropped a bunch of times, but in my opinion the script is not gratuitous or race baiting, which many of the slave movies of the 70's, like Mandingo, were. Of course this being a Tarantino film, there is sure to be controversy no matter what, you know Spike Lee's going to shoot his mouth off about it, but that's to be expected, and these complaints will certainly start well before anyone actually sees the movie and judges it on its own merits.
Foxx is aware this is going to happen too, but as he told Empire, "When this movie's done, there's gonna be some hot button issues, but given my background, I think I'll be able to get some points across. The one thing that stuck out to me in the script was that Django was married. Back then, to be married was taboo. 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."
Django Unchained is due in theaters Christmas day, and word will certainly be hitting the web soon on how fans will react to what they see before Prometheus. If it stays close to the script I've read, which judging by the still photos, it looks like what I've read is coming to life very nicely, and I think we can also expect some terrific performances from Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel Jackson in their roles.