The Washington Post published an article about Walton Goggins and how he landed a role in Django Unchained. A great read for Goggins fans!
“I texted him and said: ‘Robert [Robert Rodriguez], this is not my thing, I don’t do this, but I’m asking: Please text QT! Please! Just send him one line. Just two words: Walton Goggins.’ He said, ‘Okay, I’ll do it,’ and maybe an hour later, or the next day, he forwarded me Quentin’s response. It said, ‘Walton Goggins has been on my radar for a very long time.’ ”
Rolling Stone has an excellent article about how the Django Unchained soundtrack came to fruition. John Legend talks about how he wanted to write a song for Django Unchained as soon as he heard what the film was about. He then recorded the song (“Who Did That to You?“) and sent it to Quentin Tarantino on a cassette tape. What a great story!
“We heard from an inside source that [Tarantino] really likes listening to music on cassette in his car,” Legend said. “So we converted the digital material into a cassette and I wrote him a note and I said, ‘I wrote this song for your film, wanted to know if you would use it.'”
At last week’s premiere, the technophobic Tarantino told a packed house at the Ziegfeld in New York, he received the tape with two months left in the shoot. “If I had gotten a link or something to plug into my computer, I would have thrown that shit away, because I don’t know how to do that shit, but I got a cassette tape, and that I know how to play.” The director ended up deploying the song in one of the film’s most climatic scenes.
Quentin Tarantino recently discussed getting inspiration from Sidney Poitier to take Django Unchained as far as he did:
But the idea of shooting those scenes in Louisiana, where most of “Django” was filmed, with black actors being asked to portray slaves, unnerved the usually self-confident director.
The prospect made him so edgy that he considered shooting those scenes in the West Indies or even Brazil, just so he wouldn’t be reenacting slave-related atrocities upon the landscape where such events actually happened.
So Tarantino turned to actor-director Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win a Best Actor Oscar, for advice.
“Sidney basically told me to man up,” Tarantino says. “He said, ‘Quentin, for whatever reason, you’ve been inspired to make this film. You can’t be afraid of your own movie. You must treat them like actors, not property. If you do that, you’ll be fine.’ ”
The Christian Film & Television Commission is calling for a NC-17 rating on Django Unchained. “This movie ends with two of the most violent scenes we’ve ever seen in more than 27 years of reviewing movies,” said founder and spokesman Dr. Ted Baehr. That just makes me want to see this movie even more!
Spike Lee says he’s not going to see Django Unchained because it would “be disrespectful to my ancestors.” He didn’t elaborate any further. You can watch the video of this here, but it’s literally 40 seconds of Spike Lee repeating the same “it would be disrespectful to my ancestors” line. The only reason worth going to this link is to read the top Youtube comment: “YOU GUYS KNOW GOD DAMN WELL HE IS GOING TO SEE THAT SHIT on NETFLIX and pretend he never saw it.”
Speaking of Hollywood lodumouths, comedian Katt Williams had to throw in his two cents about Django Unchained:
“F**k Jamie Foxx and the Django Unchained check he cashed,” he said.
“They offered me the script and I said, ‘Any ni**a that do this deserves to die. And the next thing I heard, Jamie Foxx was in makeup,” Williams also claimed.
It should go without saying that Kat Williams was not on the short list of actors Quentin Tarantino auditioned for the role of Django.
Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin gave an interview with The Root.
A behind-the-scenes video of the Django Unchained filming:
(Thanks, Renato, for the link!)
Well, this is it, folks. We’re less than 24 hours away. I’ll be posting an open thread on December 25th where you can post your thoughts about Django Unchained. Come on over and share your opinion after you’ve seen the film!