10 Fantastic Django Unchained Facts
The title might have your curiosity, but you can guarantee the following facts about Django Unchained will have your attention. Quentin Taratino fans, prepare yourselves, because we’re about to blow your mind.
1. Racial Slurs
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Calvin Candie might be a racist, but Leonardo DiCaprio most definitely is not. In fact, he was initially against the idea of playing the foul-mouthed character. Quentin Tarantino had to convince him to be as menacing as possible, stating he had to play the character all the way or the audience would never forgive him.
During one of the scenes, he actually had to stop filming as he was struggling with the sheer amount of racial slurs he had to say. Samuel L. Jackson then stepped in to reassure him, stating: “Motherfucker, this is just another Tuesday for us”.
2. Ear Currency
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Pay close attention to the poker game the men are playing towards the end of Django Unchained, as they are using slaves’ severed ears as currency.
3. Cuba Gooding Jnr.
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There is no doubt the role of Django is one of Jamie Foxx’s best performances on film, so you can see why Cuba Gooding Jnr. lobbied hard for it. Quentin Tarantino, however, refused to even consider the Oscar-winning actor for the role – which Cuba later stated was his biggest disappointment.
4. On-set Injuries
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Leonardo DiCaprio was injured not once but twice during filming. Once when he was wounded smashing a glass with his hand, and another when a hammer broke and hit him on the head.
When Leonardo Dicaprio broke his hand on the glass, he did not break his character. Like all great movie pros, he used his accident to his advantage, with many believing the blood he smeared over Kerry Washington’s face was actually real. When the scene was over, the room erupted into a standing ovation, and DiCaprio’s hand was stitched up soon after.
5. 2011 Blacklist
The Django Unchained screenplay made it into the 2011 Blacklist – which is a comprehensive list of the most liked scripts that were unmade that year.
6. Jamie Foxx’s Horse
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Did you think Jamie Foxx had a good relationship with his on-screen horse? That’s because it is his! The horse is called Cheetah and he received it four years prior to filming as a birthday present.
7. Mandingo Fight Scene
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Django Unchained is pretty gruesome, right? Well, it was nearly a whole lot more gruesome, but Quentin Tarantino toned the violence down, stating he wanted his audience to actually enjoy the movie. The Mandingo fight scene was particularly lengthy and horrific, but the dog scene was also much more violent. He cut them both down so he wouldn’t traumatize moviegoers.
8. Horse Riding Accident
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Christoph Waltz was thrown off his horse during training and broke his pelvis. In order to make the actor feel a little better following his accident, Jamie Foxx gave him a rather unusual gift: a saddle with a seat belt.
9. Quentin Tarantino’s Cameo
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Many people have bashed Quentin Tarantino for his rather terrible portrayal of an Australian in the movie – with many people arguing he should remain behind the camera. He later stated he never planned to feature in the film, as the role was not written for him. The unknown actor who played the character was cut from the movie, and so Tarantino opted to play the character himself to save time. Bad move!
10. Django Unchained Theme Song
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Listen to Dr Schultz’s whistle when he is placing dynamite in the tooth atop of the wagon. He’s whistling along to the Django Unchained theme song.