Waltz got a kick out of the pop culture layers inherent in this project: "I find it sensational that Italian directors forge a new thing, spaghetti westerns, and then an American director takes the new thing and brings it back to America." In a later interview, Waltz said that Tarantino took longer, more deliberate care on this film than "Basterds," with a bigger budget and broader canvas. He was able to ask for that extra take. Clearly, Tarantino made changes on the fly to that 168-page script we all read. My sense: the movie is darker, more serious and less comedic. We'll see what he does in the editing room.
While Sacha Baron Cohen isn't in the film, Jonah Hill is. He had told me back during his promo duties for "Moneyball" that he wanted a role in "Django Unchained," which he just filmed, finally.
After Hall H several of us sat down with Foxx, Waltz, Washington and grateful "Justified" star Walton Goggins (and I am not the only one who wonders if the movie won't get pushed back out of 2012).