Django Unchained: Tarantino, “I didn’t do a movie about a slave”

6 years ago by Reg Seeton

New footage of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained was shown at Comic Con in San Diego where Tarantino explained what the Western is really about.

While attending the panel for Django Unchained, the upcoming pre-Civil War Western starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Johnson, Christoph Waltz, and more, director Quentin Tarantino admitted that the story took him 13 years to bring to fruition and that the film isn’t “about” a slave but rather much more.

“I didn’t do a movie about a slave,” Quentin Tarantino explained during the press conference for Django Unchained. “The character starts off as a slave. I was interested in a slave narrative.”

Tarantino also revealed that the idea behind Djano Unchained was a slave who becomes a bounty hunter and how the film evolves into a love story but also taps into the suffering within the country at the time before the Civil War.

In the film, Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave on the auction block who makes a deal with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to hunt down a murderous gang of brothers in exchange for freedom and the rescue of his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the plantation of owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

But for all of those out there who have been saying for decades that the Western is dead, Quentin Tarantino said that he wanted to do something different from a story standpoint.

“To me, one of the fun things about telling the story was to take the Western genre we know so well and place it in the antebellum south and place a black character in it. So take the Western cliches and place them in the south.”

Django Unchained opens nationwide on December 25, 2012.

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Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!