"There was a mini-ovation," Foxx said. "We were in rehearsal and Leo would say his lines, and he would say, 'Woo, this is tough.' Sam Jackson pulled him aside and said, 'Listen motherfucker this is just another Tuesday for us.' I saw Leo the next day and I said, 'What's up Leo?' And he didn't respond to me. It was crazy from my perspective.
Like Kill Bill," Harvey Weinstein suggested cutting the movie into 2 parts, but Quentin wasn't having it here.
"It was a conscious decision from day 1 to not do my usual narrative tricks," Tarantino said about not playing with the chronology of the long narrative. "This had to be Django's journey from beginning to end. It had to be an odyssey. As Django and Schultz traverse America to get to Broomhilda. At one point Harvey was talking about splitting it up [into two films]. And I said, 'No, it won't work here.' You have to follow Django's journey to the end. There are so many emotions – there's the action adventure, the gallow's humor comedy that runs through it, there's the pain of the story, there's the catharsis, there's the suspense, and hopefully at the end there's cheering, if the audience isn't cheering then I haven't done my job. That I got that cheer at the end was the biggest issue. As far of the pain of the story I could have gone further. I wanted to show more, to show how bad it was. But I also don't want to traumatize the audience to the point that they aren't where I need them to be in the last reel."
Jonah Hill's part was just a 2-day cameo, but he didn't mind as he just wanted to be part of a Quentin Tarantino film.
"I got in this business to work with great filmmakers," he said. "I don't care if he wants me to be an extra in this movie. I don't know what the fuck I'm doing here. I worked for two days on the film. It's kind of an ego stroke to even want me here. It was the weekend 'Moneyball' came out and Quentin asked to meet with me and I was overjoyed."
More from the press day soon. "Django Unchained" opens Christmas day. -- Reporting by Drew Taylor