The last of a dying breed.
When Quentin Tarantino makes a casting wishlist, he sets his sights high. “High” as in one of the biggest box office stars in the world. The writer/director is currently meeting about his upcoming spaghetti Western Django Unchained and people involved in the meetings have revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that the director’s top choice for the lead role of Django, a freed slave who is trained by a German bounty hunter to save his wife, is none other than Will Smith.
The Hollywood Reporter also says that Samuel L. Jackson is circling as role as isChristoph Waltz, who was confirmed by William Morris Endeavor but he himself denied involvement. Jackson’s role would be as the head slave of the bad guy, Monsieur Calvin Candie, who would face off with Django and Waltz is being eyed as the bounty hunter, the film’s second lead.
“Her and Django will eventually have a baby, and then that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby … and one of these days, John Shaft will be born.”
“Leo had slammed his hand on the table countless times and he moved his hand further and he crushed a crystal cordial glass. Blood was dripping down his hand. He never broke character. He kept going. He was in such a zone. It was very intense. He required stitches.” And that’s the take you’ll find in the final cut.”
When Quentin told me about the part of Stephen, I complained about being fifteen years too old to play Django. And when I read the script I called him back and said, “So you want me to be the most despicable negro in cinematic history?” And we both kind of laughed together and said, “Yeah, let’s get on that.” And not only was that a great artistic opportunity to create something that was iconic, but to take something that people know as Uncle Tom and turn it on it’s head in a powerful way. It also gave me the opportunity to do really nasty shit to the person who got the role that I thought I should have—and it was written beautifully that way so I could do that. Stephen is the freest slave in the history of cinema; he has all the powers of the master and is the master during the times that Calvin is off mandingo fighting. Everybody knows him and fears him. We referred to him as the Basil Rathbone of the Antebellum South. But I wanted to play him honestly and wanted everybody to understand that when Django shows up, that’s a negro we’ve never seen.