Jamie Foxx Says 'Django Unchained' Is A Love Story & Tarantino Says Audiences Will Be Uncomfortable

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by Courtney
June 3, 2012 7:52 PM
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The marketing campaign for Quentin Tarantino's highly-anticipated Django Unchained continues in bits and pieces, leading up to that first trailer, which will reportedly be attached to prints of Prometheus (which opens this Friday, June 8). 

Don't be surprised if it turns up online before then.

In a new interview with Empire MagazineJamie Foxx says that, as Django's quest is really to find and reconnect with his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), by defeating Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the film's resident villain, who runs Candyland, where Broomhilda and other female slaves are sexually exploited, Foxx believes Django Unchained is a love story at the heart of it all:

"The one thing that stuck out to me in the script was that Django got married. Back then to be married was taboo. You could be killed... The strongest buck would mate with the strongest black woman so they could get stronger slaves. They didn't want black people married. So Django being married was a big thing for me. This is a love story. He's not trying to stop slavery. He's not trying to do anything but find the love of his life - which is like trying to find a needle in a world of haystacks."

Writer/director Tarantino adds in the interview that audiences will definitely be uncomfortable with the racism depicted in the movie, but he believes that it was important to show how "f****d-up" America used to be, stating:

"[The racism] is what I wanted to deal with and that's the reason to do it. It's not to avoid it, it's absolutely to deal with that. Show how America was back then and how f****d-up we were."

Based on the poll Tambay posted up about 2 weeks ago, it appears that many of you are curious about the film, but with some trepidation. You want to see it, but you have some concerns for how Tarantino will portray this era and the people who lived in it. There were also a number of you who have absolutely no interest in seeing it,

And I'm not sure if either of the above comments will do much to change any expectations.

If you didn't see them, here are more photos from the film, featuring Jamie Foxx as the titular Django, as well as Christoph Waltz as Dr King Schultz, and Leonardo DiCaprio as plantation master and resident villain Calvin Candie.

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  • MrWhite | December 29, 2012 9:20 AMReply

    Jamie Foxx took this role to live out his racist fantasy of killing whites because he had his feelings hurt when he was a teen.
    Not only where there white who owned slaves but also chinese and, wait for it....black people owned slaves!
    This is just a way to keep ignorant people ignorant. Slavery is over unless you keep it alive and that is what this movie is.
    I believe that this is just a reverse racisit movie and it gives nothing to history.
    Let's all pull our heads out of our collective asses.

  • kim | July 24, 2012 9:21 PMReply

    your article says that female slaves on the plantation depicted in the movie are "sexually exploited." What the hell does that mean? RAPE??!! Why do you use such antiseptic terms to describe what was one of the primary reasons for the existence of slavery in the first place -- the ability of white men to systematic RAPE Black women! Why do we dance around this issue? It was a tremendous perk of the system. It denigrated and devalued Black women, increased the number of slaves and tore the souls out of Black men who couldn't protect their wives and daughters. Speak the truth or don't bother speaking at all.

  • Carl | June 16, 2012 12:35 PMReply

    We are talking about QT not Ken Burns. Most of us don’t go to the movies to see documentaries, get an education or learn morals. This movie will be a wild, fun, violent ride and is not for everyone. No matter what QT puts on the screen, our ancestors likely suffered much worse.

  • Chocolate Daddy | June 15, 2012 8:45 PMReply

    Tarantino endeared himself with the black community for life when he made Jackie Brown. Personally, he gets nothing but love from me.

  • Donella | June 19, 2012 2:06 PM

    This sounds like a comment Tarantino would make about himself.

  • JMac | June 15, 2012 9:58 PM

    Speak for yourself and delete the first sentence next time.

  • Jayson Jay | June 7, 2012 5:39 AMReply

    ...btw way QT is a no talent hack IMO and I way felt that way for a long time. Now back to our program "entertaining the white troll".

  • David | June 7, 2012 4:54 AMReply

    Tarantino is wack, Idk why people act like he's so brilliant when they can barely name more than 5 directors lmao, dude is a thief who admittedly steals ideas from Asian directors, even this film, the whole idea obviously came to him after being in Miike's film Sukiyaki Western Django. Inglourious Basterds was horrible, dialogue was drawn out and pompous, so full of himself omg, he shot that just to please Jewish movie-goers/Hollywood, now he's using black people to make money... The movie is just going to be a costume fest with some half-ass underlying message.

  • Jayson Jay | June 7, 2012 1:25 AMReply

    I'm not going to be "uncomfortable" because like most movie-goers I'm not going to see it. And who the hell is 'Gus' never mind I don't care.

  • Deleice | June 7, 2012 12:49 AMReply

    @ DL, it is a Columbia Pictures Film if I am not mistaken, and for Quentin Tarantino's comment on how f***** up America was back then, look at how it is today, it's still is f****** up.

  • dl | June 6, 2012 9:31 AMReply

    is this movie a 20th century fox film if not i'd be SHOCKED!

  • Bill Street | June 4, 2012 11:39 PMReply

    "Everybody here seems to think the same way, why should they want to discuss anything?"
    Gustavo, You're suck an arrogant fuck ! First off, you did not seek to discuss anything. You just tried to invalidate and silence. Second of all, how often do you read this blog to assume everyone on here thinks the same. Shall we look to you to rescue us from poor thinking ? Forget fellating Tarantino. Go screw yourself !

  • Helluva | June 5, 2012 9:17 AM

    Yeah, Gustavo, seriously, you don't seem as if you're trying to "discuss" your views. Seems like you're generalizing and making blanket statements regarding black viewers and their opinions of Tarantino, someone whose work you clearly respect. There are reasons why many of us tire of the narrative that he's some type of cinematic genius. I don't know what his "voice" is, he just regurgitates other's ideas from what I can see. And personally, I don't have an issue with a white director making a film that addresses the institution of slavery. It's him, a known "exploitation" director, that I have a problem with. Don't know if you realize this, but many black people revile the clumsy storytelling & stereotypes of the blax-ploitation era. So to have this dude, of all people, dredging up that BS again gets people anxious and upset. It's that simple...

    Your hero is not a hero to everyone who loves cinema. I know that seems hard to fathom, but it's true. And stop lumping all black people together, you appear to have at least one brother on this thread that agrees with you whether you recognize it or not. I, for one, don't think QT is necessarily racist; I just think in some ways, his clumsy storytelling suggests he's a bit of a hack, that's all.

  • Gustavo | June 4, 2012 11:41 PM

    Gee, you're right. Sorry.

  • Me, Jean Rouch | June 4, 2012 11:28 PMReply

    Gustavo, You're a moron !

  • kID CHAOS | June 4, 2012 11:25 PMReply

    I am so tried of white mutha fuckers telling black folks how they should feel.

  • Gustavo | June 4, 2012 11:27 PM

    Oh right, this website is for blacks only, huh? What am I doing here anyway? Everybody here seems to think the same way, why should they want to discuss anything?

  • Bill Street | June 4, 2012 11:11 PMReply

    Tarantino fanboys have to be the most tedious kind that there is. Why is someone like Gustavo even on here? To silence legitimate concerns that some might have given Tarantino's track record? Nobody is calling him a racist. I'm certainly not. But I wouldn't also rely on him to show "f**** up America was" . Seriously, go fellate him elsewhere

  • Gustavo | June 4, 2012 11:21 PM

    Sorry if I offend you, your majesty. I hadn't realised I was disturbing the peace on your website.
    Can you ever forgive me?

  • Bill Street | June 4, 2012 11:03 PMReply

    "everyone would probably feel more comfortable with a black director directing this, but hears the problem, there is no African American director that could come relatively close to the essence of the film that Tarantino is going to unveil"
    How does one even begin to address such fuckery?

  • jacob | June 4, 2012 10:00 PMReply

    Tarantino is brilliant. Plain and simple.

  • CareyCarey | June 4, 2012 7:45 PMReply

    The Hatfield–McCoy feud. Church folks vs The Agnostics, and Tarantino vs Black Folks against slavery films -- i.e., NeverEndingStories! But there's a new sheriff in town. Gustavo! Gustavo rode in town with a new set of insightful guidelines. I mean hell, over the last few months we've heard all the same old tired arguments... "it's just a movie" "Tarantino has a foot fetish" "I don't think white people understand where the concerns from Blacks are coming from" "Tarantino, you sick fck" "I read the script and Kerry Washington should be ashamed of herself" " Tarantino has a weird fetish-like gaze with sistas naked asses, so Kerry is going to be brutally gang-raped, while Tarantino's cast and crew eat popcorn on the sidelines" "Tarantino is the definition of brilliance. the man can do what ever the fuck he pleases to do, if he wants to make a movie about slaves, then, by all means he fucking can" " It's just a freakin' movie black folks, get the fk over it" "Sergio is Tarantino's half brother". Yes folks, we've heard it all. But Gustavo brought a different perspective, which I believe makes sense. He, in essense said suffering is a human condition and empathy and compassion are too. And one has to remember that during the Civil War there were over 1.5 million casualties and 3/4 million lives lost. That's human suffering which was directly related to slavery. To that point Mr. Gustavo said, "Can't white people feel empathy for the thousands of slaves who suffered and fought through a living hell during the history of mankind? I may be a descendant of black slaves, but I'm white. Does that make me unsensitive and unable to make a good film on slavery?"

  • CareyCarey | June 4, 2012 11:33 PM

    Gustavo, we must be lost in transition or translation? Look man, I'm riding with you. I (CareyCarey) is not one of your adversaries. In other words, I am pro-Tarantino. What were you reading?

  • Gustavo | June 4, 2012 10:11 PM

    Ok, sorry, I got a bit mad. Why am I wrong? Prove your point.

  • CareyCarey | June 4, 2012 10:04 PM

    My man Gustavo, you get my David & Goliath award. Yes sir, you have a huge weight on your shoulders. The mighty Goliaths of the S&A forces are a formidable foe for sure. But you've filled your slingshot with facts and garlic laced silver bullets. KNOCK'EM DOWN Gustavo, KNOCK' EM DOWN. Sticks and stones could break your bones, but that seems to be the least of your worries. Hat tipped in your direction!

  • Gustavo | June 4, 2012 9:42 PM

    Okay, you're right, I get it. I will never have a thorough understanding of slavery because I'm not black, therefore I can't talk about it as well as a black person. I get it. You are much more attached to it, it's your people's history, and you must take it seriously whenever a black person pops up on the screen, because whatever happens to that person has a hidden statement about what the director thinks about black people that only you can catch, because you're black. Also, Tarantino can't talk about black people accurately because all his characters use "the n-word" too much. Plus, Vernita represents every black mother on Earth, Marsellus Wallace represents every black man, and somehow Django is Dr. Schultz's "black sidekick" because he is black, just as Jules is Vincent's black sidekick, even though his story is as relevant or even more relevant to the movie than Vincent's, and you know Broomhilda will be so gang raped and abused and exploited - with full frontal nudity - in the movie, even though you haven't even seen it yet, because that's how Tarantino treats black women in his movies, even though the only two nude scenes in his movies have Bridget Fonda and Julie Dreyfus in them, he did it with white girls but all along he wanted them to be black, because that's Tarantino, always exploiting black people in his movies. I just can't understand what's so bad about this movie that you have to worry about it so much even without seeing it. People on that other post have pointed out racism in other Tarantino movies so as to justify their worrying, and I have disagreed and shown why they're incorrect (pointing out FACTS from his films). Now you can't argue with me because our points of view are so far from each other because you treasure "your" history so much that a movie is capable of causing so much hatred and heated discussion. Think whatever you want, if you want to think Tarantino is racist, go ahead and think it. In fact, he's so racist that he only didn't make that cop in Reservoir Dogs black because having a black cop's ear chopped off would mean having a black guy in his first movie. Maybe Kubrick was racist too, the only character who died in The Shining was the black guy, remember? Maybe Spielberg is racist too, there are lots of black people naked in Amistad. Maybe Jean Rouch was racist, because he was white and made a movie called "Me a Black".

  • CareyCarey | June 4, 2012 8:14 PM

    Yeah Artbizzy, I saw you conversations with Gustavo, so I understand your concerns. But we have a slight difference in our conception/understanding of the word "epathy". But wait, granted, Gustavo may not understand the exact concerns of the "black american" (in regards to this film) but when Joe Louis was asked if he liked taking body shots, he said "who do?". Heck Artbizzy, I am suggesting that based on all the thousands of comments, I still don't understand why some of us might be a little hot under the collar, and I am a natural born black man; born and raised in the brier patch. I guess I am saying this project/film shouldn't automatically draw a scratchline between whites and blacks. Hell, the issue of slavery shouldn't either. As I said earlier, suffering is a universal condition.

  • Gustavo | June 4, 2012 8:04 PM

    Ok, so how exactly does Tarantino directing a movie about slavery is a reason for you to worry? I mean, all my arguments make sense to me, obviously. If you can show me where you think I'm wrong, I'll gladly reply and think things over. By the way, I didn't mean to offend anybody, and I'm sorry if I did. I don't claim to be the owner of the truth or anything, I just stated my opinion. This space is for discussing after all, isn't it?

  • artbizzy | June 4, 2012 7:55 PM

    Good points, CC. I was going to say that maybe Gustavo should make the film then but that empathy begins with understanding why some of us might be a little hot under the collar about this film, which I'm not sure he does.

  • NICK | June 4, 2012 2:29 PMReply

    Look people Tarantino is the definition of brilliance. the man can do what ever the fuck he pleases to do, if he wants to make a movie about slaves, then, by all means he fucking can because hes proven to us again and again that although his mind wanders from historic accuracy he has the most incredible imagination and boldness known to man. besides, everyone would probably feel more comfortable with a black director directing this, but hears the problem, there is no African American director that could come relatively close to the essence of the film that Tarantino is going to unveil. everyone just respect the fact that he has so much faith in himself that feels he can do such a thing, and appreciate the ART of cinema as a whole.

  • artbizzy | June 4, 2012 7:26 PM

    @Nick and Gustavo Oh please...Did you both just finish discussing how cinematographically awesome Birth of a Nation was or something because not sure what you expect from a website about black film and the state of black film, indy black film in particular. What you both have been saying are the exact reasons why some black people are uncomfortable with Quentin Tarantino directing this film. Call it something of a major blind spot if you will. You guys are all a noun a verb and Tarantino is the head wanna be n-word in charge when it comes to film and guys Tarantino is okay but he's not all that. Don't you kind of find his work a little, well, young, just wrapped in a lot of clever, circular dialogue and gratuitious violence. You probably find that aspect of his work the coolest right? Well, in the context of this film it hits a little close to home over here when there are black folks involved. Can't you understand that? Or are you encountering that blind spot again? Sure Tarantino's got a way with words especially the n-word but he ain't no Fellini or Kurosawa or even as clever as Jerry Seinfeld for that matter. (Ok, ok Seinfeld's not a great example) Of course Tarantino can make whatever "awesome" film he wants to make and us decidedly tired race-card wielding blacks still have a right to complain about it. You know what white director re-imagined slavery and did it the way no American white man has ever been able to do it? Your boy, Lars Von Trier. Here's some homework: once you both get your lips off of Tarantino's rich about to get richer, shiningly brilliant ass go check out Manderlay. If you saw it already, watch it again. These are my opinions of course. Quit stating your opinions as facts.

  • Helluva | June 4, 2012 6:54 PM

    It's clear you two cats are Tarantino-philes. That's cool. He is talented, but despite his "creativity," I've never felt that he has anything to say as a filmmaker. It's like an MC who has hella flow but never utters anything of substance other than punchlines. You feel empty afterwards. That's what QT is for me and a lot of folks. And when you actually STUDY his films, he seems to have a weird fetish-like gaze with sistas, an over-appreciation of "exploitation" era films, and a previously noted fascination with his characters' use of the N-word. I personally think the cat has Asperger syndrome or slight autism, and maybe lacks the empathy to become a truly GREAT filmmaker on his own. He did his best work, imo, while collaborating with Roger Avary and it's been downhill for me ever since they split up. He reminds me of Sheldon from "Big Bang Theory," a character I love but wouldn't want to see making a "slavery epic." In the past, QT has come off as insensitive towards the black experience in his films, thus the responses you see. Hopefully, Reginald Hudlin's involvement (as producer) will help allay our fears...

  • Gustavo | June 4, 2012 6:26 PM

    Exactly. This is more a Tarantino film than a film about slavery, just like Inglourious Basterds was more it than a WWII film. This being a film which came out of his mind, it could in no way be as well made by any other director.

  • Donella | June 4, 2012 1:55 PMReply

    So looking forward to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave-- a movie based upon actual events from a witness and participant of those events, instead of the fever dream of an egotistical narcissist who thinks racial epithets are for fun.

  • Katie | June 4, 2012 10:00 AMReply

    "Show how America was back then and how f****d-up we were." Oh, you privilege little b@stard! Just shows how out of touch this fool really is. "We were?" uh huh, so what do you call America that mocks black death of children with 'Travyoning'? FOH! Racism is still here Tarantino, you sick fck.

  • Noel | June 6, 2012 7:49 PM

    But our presidents black....?

  • Suki | June 4, 2012 9:13 AMReply

    I don't know why people are being so f***ing uptight about this. So a white man wants to make a movie telling a horrific and vengeful tale about slavery of Africans and suddenly it's the end of humanity as we know it. Oh my God, people get over it! Had Tarantino been black I doubt anybody would care. If you don't feel comfortable about this film, then DON'T WATCH IT. There is no reason to get all butt-hurtingly offended by it. So there is going to be racism and violence; what do you expect a film about black slavery is going to be like? It's history and I don't see an issue with somebody like QT having the balls to exploit it the way it realistically was.

  • Charles Judson | June 4, 2012 6:56 PM

    Filmmaker, you can't equate INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, which takes place in an alternate universe, which Tarantino himself has admitted about his films (http://www.tarantino.info/wiki/index.php/Universes), and AMISTAD which is based on a true story. One could argue that because Tarantino didn't adhere to historical accuracy, BASTERDS has more latitude to comment on abstract ideas like propaganda, revenge and wish fulfillment, all in the guise of a high level exploitation flick, than AMISTAD does on slavery's impact on America's future and psyche, with its more straightforward narrative.

  • Gustavo | June 4, 2012 6:11 PM

    Slavery is not a part of black history, it's a part of HUMAN history. The fact that the director is white has no relevance at all. Is he going to portray slavery and racial prejudice as good things merely because he's white? Can't white people feel empathy for the thousands of slaves who suffered and fought through a living hell during the history of mankind? I may be a descendant of black slaves, but I'm white. Does that make me unsensitive and unable to make a good film on slavery?

  • Filmmaker | June 4, 2012 10:12 AM

    I don't think you understand where the concerns from Blacks are coming from. So much of our history is being distorted from White Filmmakers in film, especially when it comes to the unfortunate historical event of slavery, i.e., Steven Speilberg's "Amistad." Tarantino is known to twist historical events and make up something completely his own, i.e., "Inglorious Basterds." Therefore, our concern is how "creative" will Tarantino be with our history. Will he romanticize it? Will he be insensitive towards it? I don't know. I hope not! And I, too, am Black and a avid Tarantino fan.

    I am sure you have an historical event that your race has been through -- not sure what your race is -- that you would be concerned with its authenticity and sensitivity on the big screen.

    Of course if a Black person that made a film like this would get a bit of slack, because it is his/her personal history and he/she would be trusted. However, that Black filmmaker would have a lot of people on his/her back as well, because slavery is a very dramatic historical event that still effects people today. Believe it or not.

  • jdoe | June 4, 2012 6:45 AMReply

    Overrated director looking for excuse to use N-word...fail.

  • Donella | June 4, 2012 7:59 PM

    He didn't say Tarantino was racist. He said Tarantino was overrated.

  • Gustavo | June 4, 2012 6:13 PM

    Once more we come to this. How is Tarantino racist?

  • misha | June 3, 2012 11:24 PMReply

    So Tarantino is making a "message film?" He's trying to educate people on how f****d up America was? Says one of Hollywood's exploitation kings? Bwahahahahahaha! In the words of my grandma...Tarantino, go sat your ass down somewhere!

  • Jake Mulligan | June 4, 2012 12:10 AM

    It'll be no more of a message movie than INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS. Having read the script, a most of the 'showing how fucked up things are' happens in the background or the subtext (often literally, with horrific violence happening in the background of the frame with rich whities in the foreground.)

  • Cherish | June 3, 2012 11:13 PMReply

    A love story but so far no pictures of the female love interest?

  • misha | June 4, 2012 9:55 AM

    I think we all know Broomhilda's role in this "love story." She serves merely as a plot point to move the story along...someone who's used, abused and rescued. Yep. I'm clamoring to see this "love story!"

  • Cherish | June 3, 2012 11:14 PM

    Kerry Washington did have her hair in afro and in cornrows in The Last King of Scotland, so it should be no surprise to see her with that hairstyle again.

  • Kirstin | June 3, 2012 11:12 PMReply

    What do you mean how America "used to be"? Racism is still around today! I really want to see this.

  • Darkan | June 3, 2012 9:28 PMReply

    How come Jaime Foxx has his hair lined up during a time when that wasn't too possible? At least roots and Mandingo got the hairstyles right!

  • Eustace | June 5, 2012 7:19 PM

    Razor tape genius. You can see old painting and black men had tapes. Think before you speak.

  • Charles Judson | June 3, 2012 11:04 PM

    How is that not possible? All it requires is scissors and a razor. If you can manage a beard and goatee in the 19th century there's no reason someone couldn't also line their hair.

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 3, 2012 10:49 PM

    Just you wait. I'm sure Kerry Washington will have hair that looked as if she just STRAIGHT got out of a 21st century salon. Either that or she'll have an afro ala Pam Grier.

  • no | June 3, 2012 10:42 PM

    Maybe Django made the cuts himself. Hard fo' a colored man to get a decent trim back then.

  • www.SlatetheMovie.com | June 3, 2012 9:21 PMReply

    No doubt this will be a modern f****d Tarantino masterpiece! PTA's The Master & DKR will also be epic!!!

  • Mark | June 3, 2012 8:37 PMReply

    Sounds great!

    BTW, chartreuse is a great color for Foxx.

  • Luis | June 4, 2012 12:37 AM

    "Chartreuse: A drink so good, they named a color after it!"

  • Luis | June 4, 2012 12:34 AM

    Hahaha! Goddamn hilarious. In the script he says something about the jacket being like the one Elvis wore somewhere. Go figure. Cowboys, slaves, and Elvis. Tarantino's the man.

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