Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Django Unchained,” plantation owner, Calvin Candie, is so evil and cruel he fretted that Director Quentin Tarantino had gone too far to portray pre-Civil War plantation life and the treatment of slaves.
Candie, is demented with little respect for human dignity beyond his own kind. “[My] immediate question was, ‘Are we going too far?'” he told Vibe magazine in a recent interview.
“It was hard for me to wrap my head around it.”
“Django Unchained,” is Tarantino’s take on the Italian spaghetti westerns of the 1960s. At the same time, he tackles America’s sordid past when owning slaves was common in the south on large plantations. The issue finally helped provoke the Civil War.
DiCaprio said he was floored by Tarantino’s in-your-face style of film making that usually pulls few punches when it comes to gore and violence.
“The initial thing obviously was playing someone so disreputable and horrible whose ideas I obviously couldn’t connect with on any level,” the actor explained. “I remember our first read through, and some of my questions were about the amount of violence, the amount of racism, the explicit use of certain language.
Christoph Waltz, who starred in Tarantino’s World War II film “Inglorous Basterds,” and won an Oscar for his supporting role, returns in “Django.” He plays bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, who teams with ex-slave Django, played by Jamie Foxx, to track down the notorious Brittle Brothers.
Django is the only person who can recognize the brothers, so he agrees to help Schultz, if the bounty hunter will help him free his wife, who is owned by Candie.
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