Perhaps the biggest panel at Comic-Con this year was the Django Unchained panel. Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson, and Walton Goggins took the stage for an hour to answer audience questions for an hour. Here are the highlights:
- DC Comics will release a 5-issue Django Unchained comic book miniseries starting in November.
- Tarantino does not view this as a “slave film,” but rather a “a fairy tale with an evil king having taken over a kingdom, a princess in exile and princes who are coming to save her.”
- Jamie Foxx talked about he approached his role in the film: ”"In Texas, being a kid, it was racially charged to be honest with you,” he said. “Being called ‘nigger’ as young kid growing up, by grown people, it’s something I had to deal with, coming from the south. Having that done to me, I was able to grasp that in the script.”
- Kerry Washington’s thoughts on her character: ”What makes her strong is her belief in love and that she is deserving of that love in a time where black women weren’t even afforded the luxury of that fantasy,” and “She is the princess who is rescued from the tower and particularly for a black woman, that’s not really an experience that we’ve had historically.” Washington also revealed that she learned to speak German for the role (and credited Christoph Waltz as one of her teachers).
- To prepare for the role, Tarantino recommended that Kerry Washington watch The Flame of New Orleans and The Spoilers.
- Christoph Waltz on how his experience growing up in Austria syncs up with his aloof character: ”"It corresponded exactly to what I was going through. I had no experience with this whatsoever. I grew up in Vienna, Austria.”
- Don Johnson claims that he and Tarantino have been talking about working together for awhile. He also claims that Foghorn Leghorn is in the inspiration behind his character’s accent.
- There is still one week of filming left.
Additionally, the eight minutes that debuted at a private Weinstein Company screening at Cannes was shown to the Comic-Con audience. Unfortunately, this footage isn’t available online yet.