First and foremost, let me jump in feet first by saying that Django Unchained is an incredible movie. I think it’s one of Tarantino’s best. Of course, the primary controversy surrounding the movie deals with the perceived liberal use of the most offensive word – typically referred to as the “N-word”. Was the word used liberally? Absolutely. Was it out of context? No. It’s two years before the Civil War in the deep South, where slavery was in full swing. Southern slave owners and proponents used the word almost exclusively to describe slaves – and freemen, for that matter. So, with that now in context, check out what happens when an interviewer is put on the spot by none other than Samuel L. Jackson himself when he attempts to ask Jackson about the controversy surrounding the use of the word in the movie. The interviewer’s discomfort is, in a word, epic. The magic begins at the 13:56 mark. PS: there’s a few f-bombs in there too.
Franco Nero – who played the original ‘Django’ in 1966’s movie of the same name – spoke on his introduction to Tarantino and subsequent involvement on the new film. For the record, Django Unchained is not a remake or related to the original other than the name of the main character and the sly cameo appearance by Nero in the movie. The Hollywood Reporter has the full interview, but here are the best bits:
THR: What is the biggest difference between your version of Django and Jamie Foxx’s version? Not counting race, of course.
Nero: Well, both are men of few words; both are very skilled with the guns. They are men of action. My Django was seeking revenge for his wife, Mercedes, but Jamie Foxx’s version’s wife is still alive and he succeeds to reunite with her. I betray my partner, but Jamie Foxx is a much better partner to his former slave owner [played by Christoph Waltz].
THR: Could the two Djangos have become friends if had they met?
Nero: Well, I became friends with Jamie Foxx is real life. But I’m not sure the Djangos would have gotten along.
THR: In that case, if they were enemies, which Django would beat the other? You’re a pretty good shot in the original.
Nero: [Laughs] Well, I don’t know. In the new movie, this Django knows how to shoot as well. But, well, I think I would have won. The difference is that in the new movie, his partner is the one who teaches him how to shoot. But in the original, I already knew.
Check out the rest of the article, and if you haven’t already, go see Django Unchained. If you have seen it, what did you think? Sound off below.