If there’s one takeaway from talking to Jamie Foxx about doing Django Unchained — the Oscar-winning revisionist western that came out 10 years ago on Dec. 25, 2012 — is that the actor really, really, really loved working with writer-director Quentin Tarantino.
“Working with Quentin Tarantino is the best,” Foxx told Yahoo Entertainment in 2018 Role recall interview. “Because he’s like a jazz musician. He just plays. And he has incredible disciplines. He says he only shoots with a camera. I’m a filmmaker, not a video picker, so anything that shoots is a camera, it’s streamlined.
“Love the cinema. Love all of it. And if you’re lucky enough to be part of that family, it’s a wonderful time. Because with the way movies are going now, with the reboots and superheroes and what we do now, it’s rare that you get to work with someone that original.
Foxx, who won an Academy Award for 2004 radiushe played Django Freeman, a former slave who sets out to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a ruthless Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
The actor had heard about the project while it was in development and lobbied for the part, but thought it might go to another bold-faced Hollywood name.
“What is interesting is, [Tarantino] it goes on the vibes,” says Foxx. “I would like to see [him] in clubs, at dinner parties, things like that, and just say, “You’re the baddest son of a bitch on the planet. If I ever get the chance, I will truly ready.
“Of course, there were other people that I thought would be amazing [in the role]. Will Smith would have been great. I know at one point, Idris Elba — I said, ‘Idris, it’s you Django?” And he said [impersonating Elba]’Quentin Tarantino is talking about this film titled Django Unchained‘, and I was like, ‘Boy, your nice black ass playing Django – this is going to be crazy!’ But luckily, I had a chance to meet Quentin and we hit it off.
Foxx defends the pulp Fiction director when it comes to criticism of the use of racial slurs, especially the N-word. The word is said 110 times in Djangoaccording to Dallas Observer. (Other Tarantino films not set in the time of slavery also had an inordinate amount of the epithet: Jackie Brown and the hateful eight both used the word more than 35 times.)
“When Django came around, I understood the text,” says Foxx. “The N-word was said 100 times, but I understood the text – that was how it was then.”