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Django Unchained News Update: Walton Goggins, Sidney Poitier, John Legend & More

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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!

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6 Responses to Django Unchained News Update: Walton Goggins, Sidney Poitier, John Legend & More
  1. Stephen Tuttle
    December 26, 2012 | 4:08 pm

    This movie is incredible. It does everything a film should do by taking you to another time and place and telling a good story. Amazing work of art really.

  2. Fred Noble Portland Ore
    December 28, 2012 | 7:35 am

    Jamie Foxx’s performance was one of the Best I’ve ever seen in a Movie….Surely Academy Award Nomination! Kept me on edge of seat during the entire Movie ,,,Thanks Fred Noble

  3. Lisa
    December 29, 2012 | 10:02 am

    I WANT TO T-SHIRT

  4. gale dalton
    December 29, 2012 | 5:48 pm

    The dentist dr had my attention and showed so much transparency and heart for django I think he gave an outstanding exceptional performance and should be nominated for best support acting category.

  5. Danielle
    December 29, 2012 | 8:43 pm

    I loved it… Great story and I do appreciate the fact he was not scared to make it as it was… History is history and I think he did a good job as making it as real as it was. Most likely it was worse than that. All my kids told me it was going to be really graphic and I was like …did you see passion of the Christ.. If I can watch that I can watch anything. It was great and Jamie and the dr was so believable… I love the fact that Leonardo had bad teeth…and smokes in almost every movie he makes…. Smoked the hell out of them in shutter island. After I left I was like did he direct long riders??? movie out of the 70′s that had really graphic scenes. I loved the humor about the sacks on their heads. I could not catch my breath that scene was so funny and I bet back then they had those same types of conversations but it never makes the screen … Anyway great movie I loved it and did not believe I was there 3 hours. People that don’t go because they say it is disrespectful are scared of how it was. We have came along way but it was what it was.

  6. Lee Will
    December 30, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    What we find to be entertaining is interesting. People think Housewives shows and Howard Stern is entertaining. The sensationalizing of ignorance and violence is what it is and nothing more.
    Not a true depiction of slavery. Confidence, ability to shoot with sure fire accuracy, accents, ability to communicate, ability to read, treatment and cleanliness of slaves on the plantation (all very well maintained women in the field) and oh, by the way, the absence of slaves doing any slave work.
    This movie’s only value is mentally desensitizing the most emotionally sensitive nation on the planet.

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