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Jamie Foxx Feels "Honored and Blessed" To Be Part of Tarantino's "Django Unchained"

by Vanessa Martinez
November 26, 2011 9:16 AM
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After all the delays in casting the lead of Django in Quentin Tarantino's much talked about western/slavery explotation Django Unchained, which included consideration for actors Will Smith and Idris Elba; Jamie Foxx feels "honored and blessed" to ultimately land the role of a slave turned bounty hunter who sets out to rescue his slave wife from from a an evil plantation owner with the help of a mentor.

In an interview from, Foxx says, “Sometimes we sort of forget why we’re in Hollywood as actors and actresses, ‘coz were doing so many other things. But at the end of the day, cinema is really what it’s all about. I’m so honored and blessed to be with Leonardo (DiCaprio), Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson, I believe Kurt Russell and some others.”

The production has assembled an impressive and albeit random cast, which along Foxx, includes Kerry Washington as the slave wife Broomhilda, Leonardo DiCaprio as the evil plantation owner, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Waltz, Don Johnson, Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell.

Django will begin shooting next year and it's expected to be released December 25, 2012.

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  • helen | December 2, 2011 12:51 AMReply


  • Tony C. | November 28, 2011 6:36 PMReply

    People kill me by jumping the gun with little to no information. After reading the Django script twice, I can't wait to see Jamie play a liberated african slave who kicks major slave owner and redneck ass. Yes, our ancestors were once slaves in this country. It's part of our history. I don't know why Black folks would want to forget that. If we forget it, then the Others will too. We don't get in an uproar with films like Schindler's List or any other film the shows the Holocaust. Jewish folks don't want anybody to ever forget the Holocaust happened and there are thousands and thousands of stories that exist with it as the back drop. I wonder if this would be a problem if the director was Spike Lee or Antoine Fuqua or Kasi Lemmons. Jamie clearly states that he feels honored to land a role opposite Leonardo, Sam, Kurt and Quentin, actors and a filmmaker he respects. As far as stories to tell, Black folks need to stop sitting around and waiting for someone to tell the many stories we have. Tell them yourselves. Stop waiting and Do It Yourself. And don't counter with how hard it is to get funding and distribution. Write the story first. You'd be surprise where the funding comes from. Judge the film after seeing it.

  • JMac | November 28, 2011 8:08 PM

    Jews didn't protest about Schindler's List? Were you asleep during all that? Of course they did and still do. I don't think the problem is in the subject matter but the way it is/was portrayed in the original script. A slave film by Lee, Fuqua, Lemmons, etc... would each be dramatically different and more than likely focus on the slave, not the white guy assisting the slave. In that case, more blacks would support it - not just for being created by a black writer/director but giving the story and characters more respect and dignity despite their environment.

  • misha | November 27, 2011 11:04 PMReply

    Oh, Jamie.

  • Duncan Manutz | November 27, 2011 2:11 PMReply

    So this is what we get a "Slave Movie"..I'll pass. I don't care how uplifting, inspiring, and to quote J Foxx, "It's all about Cinema and Hollywood", at its core it's a Movie about the enslavement of Black People. In 2012 Hollywood still needs to tell the Black story of slavery, we have other stories, we have more to offer. Boycott, Boycott Boycott....and maybe they will stop making this BullSh*t.

  • ForeignBlackChick | November 27, 2011 6:30 AMReply

    Sentence is funny hehe "feels honored and blessed to ultimately land the role of a slave" ... anyways. I'll be watching!

  • Ash | November 27, 2011 12:14 AMReply

    Congrats to him, Kerry Washington and co.! Sounds very interesting! But yeah, I'm kinda curious to see how this will turn out!

  • Darkan | November 26, 2011 11:00 AMReply

    @ Teuta, looks can be deceiving...

  • misha | November 27, 2011 11:03 PM


  • Teuta | November 26, 2011 10:40 AMReply

    From the cast alone, this looks like it will make a billion dollars!

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