Django Unchained News Roundup: Leonardo DiCaprio Interview, Django Unchained Game, and Quentin Tarantino

With Django Unchained less than a month away from release, I expect interviews, articles, and other tidbits related to the film to increase exponentially. I’m therefore going to be posting more of these roundup-style posts, as it allows me to get news out faster and easier. So expect to see more posts like this in the coming weeks.

Leonardo DiCaprio gave an interview with Details magazine offered some great insight into how the Calvin Candie character was developed. Here is what he had to say:

Perhaps the boldest move in DiCaprio’s 20-year career is playing antebellum plantation owner Calvin Candie in Django Unchained. DiCaprio was drawn to him from the moment he read Tarantino’s script. He calls Calvin “one of, if not the most, despicable, indulgent, radical characters I’ve ever read in my life.” Naturally, DiCaprio signed on right away, and he promptly presented Tarantino with a gift: an antiquarian book on phrenology, the racist pseudo-science used to rationalize slavery. From there, DiCaprio and Tarantino made some striking modifications. “Writer-directors tend to be very precious about their material and their words,” he says, “but Quentin’s whole process is getting input from the actors and adding levels to their characters.” Perhaps no character evolved as much as Calvin, the master of Candyland plantation. “A lot of the talks we had specifically about phrenology really took him to a completely different level.”

There was also this bit from the article:

Tarantino drew on phrenology to fashion an epic, incendiary monologue on racial superiority. The moment DiCaprio finished delivering the speech, the entire cast gave him a spontaneous standing ovation.

I can’t wait to see this!

The official Django Unchained website has a new bounty hunter game called Bounty Hunter 1800 that allows you play as Dr. King Schultz. It’s a fairly straightforward game–find bounties and kill them. And while you’re on the official website, don’t forget to check out their awesome virtual tour of Candyland.

In Quentin Tarantino news, the director recently participated in The Hollywood Reporter’s Director Roundtable and discussed how he approaches script writing.

“When I’m writing, it’s about the page. It’s not about the movie,” the writer-director said during The Hollywood Reporter’s Director Roundtable. “It’s about the literature of me putting my pen to paper and writing a good page, and making it work completely.”

Tarantino (Django Unchained) said if he does his job right, the script should speak for itself as work of literature, even if he chose not to make it into a film.

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