With the Django Unchained release less than two weeks away, it was inevitable that the media would ask Quentin Tarantino for his reaction to the Connecticut massacre. Here’s his response:
Tarantino, whose credits include “Pulp Fiction” and the “Kill Bill” volumes, said he was tired of defending his films each time the nation is shocked by gun violence. He said “tragedies happen” and blame should fall on those guilty of the crimes.
Amen, Quentin. Amen.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote an interesting piece about the use of the word “nigger” in Django Unchained. I have a feeling I’ll be quoting the following passage quite a bit in regards to the film:
In the deep south, if we hadn’t heard that word as much as we did, it would have been a-historical. The language in that way was precise,” Toure, an author and co-host of MSNBC’s afternoon show The Cycle, told The Hollywood Reporter after seeing the film at a screening for press. “It’s so embedded into their society, its not pejorative, it’s ‘this is how we talk.’ They’re not even conscious of the racism or gravity. To make a big deal out of it, and if you watch that film and that’s what you get out of it, that’s just an incredibly unintelligent knee jerk reaction to the whole thing.
And just to get this out of the way now, I’m not going to call it “the N-word” here or tiptoe around its use in the film. If that offends you, then don’t read this blog.
Also on the topic of controversial films, here’s what Jamie Foxx had to say about Django Unchained’s critics:
“You know it’s going to be controversial!” he exclaims. “That’s what’s been blowing my mind, people saying, ‘[sotto voce] Did you know this was going to be controversial?’ It’s like, come on man! Did you read the script? Why would Quentin Tarantino do anything that wasn’t controversial? What movie of his have you seen where you went, “Oh, this is a Hallmark Movie and rated G”? That’s not what you sign up for. You don’t sign up for that.”
Speaking of photoshoots, here’s one from a Django Unchained press conference in NYC. This is one included Don Johnson, Walton Goggins, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Django Unchained is ineligible for a Writers Guild of America Award due to rule “that restrict contenders to screenplays for films that were written by its members or written for productions that are signatory to the guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement or the agreements of five affiliated international guilds.”
Christoph Waltz recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about playing a cowboy. Here’s the video: