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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dr. King Schultz is NOT a “Good Hans Landa”

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This is not Dr. King Schultz.

Now that the 2012 Academy Awards are over, Oscar predictions for 2013 are already rolling in. Given the sheer amount of talent associated with Django Unchained, it’s not surprising to see it already receiving Oscar buzz before it has even finished filming. What is surprising was the number of articles I read on major movie websites and blogs predicting that Christoph Waltz will receive an Oscar nomination for Django Unchained because he’s “playing a good Hans Landa.” This notion is so completely and utterly wrong that it deserves it own special rebuttal here.

First, Christoph Waltz himself has stated on several occasions that he’s not going to play Hans Landa-like characters again. From a recent interview where he compares playing Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained to his work in Inglourious Basterds:

“I’m trying to be very aware of not repeating myself,” Waltz said in the newspaper interview. “It’s a different story, a different character, a different movie. I’ve played that other character. I’m not going to slip it under the door just because it was successful. But I have to be a little careful that I am not going too far the other side – too restrained.”

Next, let’s not forget that Christoph Waltz is a very talented actor, and that Quentin Tarantino is very talented at coaxing memorable performances out his cast. Trotting out old, successful characters, and hoping that success will repeat itself is neither man’s style. Claiming that Mr. Waltz will be playing a “good Hans Landa” in Django Unchained is implying that he can’t play anything but Hans Landa, or that he refuses to leave his comfort zone by playing a different character. This is greatly insulting to Mr. Waltz’s acting abilities. You don’t win Oscars by being a one-trick pony.

People need to adjust their expectations about the Dr. King Schultz character that Mr. Waltz is playing. If you go into the film expecting Hans Landa then you’re going to sorely disappointed. Django Unchained is not Inglourious Basterds: The American South edition.  It’s an entirely separate film with entirely separate characters. Let the Dr. King Schultz character stand on its own and let Mr. Waltz’s acting talent shine instead of trying to shoehorn them both into a role from a different movie.

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Django Unchained Filming Begins at Evergreen Plantation

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Evergreen Plantation

Several readers wrote in to tell me that the Django Unchained production has moved filming to Evergreen Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana, outside of New Orleans.

The National Park Service has a good description of Evergreen Plantation on their website:

Evergreen is significant not only because of the existence of its main building [pictured above] along River Road, but also because of the remains of the plantation complex. With two pigeonniers (structures used by upper-class French for housing pigeons), two garconieries (dwellings for a family’s young boys), a privy, a kitchen, a guesthouse, an overseer’s house, and a double row of 22 slave cabins, Evergreen is unique. It is one of only a handful of plantations that evoke what major plantations resembled in the antebellum period of America’s history.

Sounds like the perfect place to film Calvin Candie’s home.

According to the Evergreen Plantation’s official website, the plantation will be closed to due to filming on Februrary 23-24, and on Feburary 27 – March 9. Local readers should be aware that Highway 18 in front of the plantation will be closed from Feburary 27 – March 9.

Reader Kate mentioned in a previous comment that the upcoming movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was filmed here last summer.

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Evergreen Plantation Slave Houses

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A Beautiful Scene from Evergreen Plantation

(Image Credits:  New Orleans Plantation Country)

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New Django Unchained Fan Poster

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A generous reader directed me to this awesome Spaghetti Western-inspired Django Unchained poster (thank you, N.! ). The poster was created by Christopher Marc. Click the link to see the high-res, 4 MB version of this poster.

If you spot any Django Unchained fan art in the wild, please let me know in the comments or by email.

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