Quentin Tarantino talks Django Unchained

News Glen Chapman
16 Nov 2012 - 07:26

Tarantino has been chatting about the casting process of Django Unchained. Here's what he had to say...

Ahead of the release of Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino has been chatting with a publication that people most definitely only read for the articles, Playboy. Amongst the various topics discussed, Tarantino sheds some light on the casting process of his leading man, the role that went to Jamie Foxx. Here's what he had to say about Will Smith and how close he came to appearing in the film:

“We spent quite a few hours together over a weekend when he was in New York doing Men in Black 3… I think half the process was an excuse for us to hang out and spend time with one another … It just wasn't 100 percent right, and we didn't have time to try to make it that way.”

Following that he elaborated further on the casting process:

“I met six different actors and had extensive meetings with all of them, and I went in-depth on all of their work. Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, M K Williams, Tyrese. They all appreciated the material, and I was going to put them through the paces, make them go off against one another and kind of put up an obstacle course. And then I met Jamie and realised I didn't need to do that”.

Tarantino added that “he was the cowboy... forget the fact that he was his own horse – and that is actually his horse in the movie. He's from Texas; he understands … He understood what it's like to be thought of as an 'other'.”

He also commented on quitting directing one day:

“I just don't want to be an old-man filmmaker. I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don't get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film fucks up three good ones … but if I stop at 10, that would be okay as an artistic statement.”

Whether Tarantino does indeed stop at ten or not, it's interesting that he has an end in sight. For now, though, we get to look forward to Django Unchained, which arrives in the UK in January.

Playboy (via Collider)

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