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Quentin Tarantino Would Be Happy With A 10-Movie Filmography, Reveals Initial 'Django Unchained' Casting Lineup

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by Charlie Schmidlin
November 15, 2012 8:58 AM
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Even from his first round of interviews promoting “Reservoir Dogs,” Quentin Tarantino has always concerned himself with the grand overview of his career, adding layer upon referential layer to his world-building while talking up spinoffs galore. However, with his slavery western “Django Unchained” right around the corner -- and featuring its share of trilogy hints itself -- the director has spoken up about the end of his filmmaking career, as well as a number of insights into his latest bold effort.

'Django' has stormed the holiday movie season on the back of promising early reaction as well as both the stellar box-office and critical reception from “Inglourious Basterds,” but as Tarantino explains in a new Playboy interview, he can predict the success waning. “I just don't want to be an old-man filmmaker. I want to stop at a certain point,” he said. “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.”

Continuing his string of cinematic equations, he added, “You stop when you stop, but in a fanciful world, 10 movies in my filmography would be nice. I've made seven. If I have a change of heart, if I come up with a new story, I could come back. But if I stop at 10, that would be okay as an artistic statement.” Perhaps having grown more reflective while assembling his retrospective Blu-ray box set, one aspect that does remain fresh in his mind is the casting process for 'Django.' Aside from circling Will Smith, a move which Tarantino half-acknowledges “was an excuse for us to hang out and spend time with one another,” the filmmaker also revealed he had quite a rigorous process planned to find his lead before Jamie Foxx was eventually selected.

“I met six different actors and had extensive meetings with all of them, and I went in-depth on all of their work,” he explained. “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 realized I didn't need to do that.”

Claiming that the Texas-bred Foxx “understood what it's like to be thought of as an 'other,'” Tarantino expounds much more about his promising lead in the full interview piece (which hits stands Nov. 20th), where you can also read his thoughts on Leonardo DiCaprio, his ideal wife, and getting high while writing. [EW]

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9 Comments

  • nightgoat72 | November 26, 2012 9:04 PMReply

    Goddammit, I would have much rather seen ANY of those guys over Foxx. Especially Tyrese, who I must admit I am a raging fan of. As in, raging man crush.

  • Donella | November 19, 2012 1:27 PMReply

    "...I was going to put them through the paces, make them go off against one another and kind of put up an obstacle course..." Like they're dogs or horses? I don't blame any of these men for ignoring Tarantino's twisted narcissism.

  • rodie | November 15, 2012 7:20 PMReply

    In other words, I'm pretty much out of ideas, guys, so I'll do a couple more period pictures to mask that I can't come up with anything truly new anymore, and call it a day.

  • StephenM | November 15, 2012 5:44 PMReply

    Yeah, QT generally knows what he's talking about when it comes to movies, and he's probably just playing the odds, but here's a few other directors who don't fit that mold: .. . . .John Ford: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Donovan's Reef, Cheyenne Autumn, 7 Women. ...Stanley Kubrick: Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut. ....Akira Kurosawa: Ran, Dreams, Rhapsody in August, Madadayo. ....Luis Bunuel: Tristana, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Phantom of Liberty, That Obscure Object of Desire. .....Robert Bresson: Four Nights of a Dreamer, Lancelot of the Lake, The Devil, Probably, L'Argent. ....Kryzstof Kieslowski: The Double Life of Veronique, Three Colors: Blue, White, Red. .....Orson Welles (full-length/completed/released): The Trial, Chimes at Midnight, F for Fake, Filming "Othello".

  • S | November 30, 2012 8:47 AM

    Right.

  • a | November 15, 2012 5:55 PM

    Completely agreed.

  • Banjo | November 15, 2012 11:59 AMReply

    John Huston made Fat City, Wise Blood, Under the Volcano and The Dead at the end of his career. As much as I adore Maltese Falcon, Sierra Madre, etc., I like don't give a fuck, I'm going to make weird character pieces and unadaptable novels John Huston the best.

  • rodie | November 15, 2012 10:02 AMReply

    I don't know, Idris Elba would have been a badass Django.

  • Lea | November 16, 2012 5:10 AM

    Agree.

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