Quentin Tarantino doesn’t generally inspire anything other than praise from the actors he works with, and having thoroughly enjoyed himself on the set of Django Unchained, it sounds as though Jamie Foxx is on the same page as so many of his predecessors.
“You can’t look at Pulp Fiction,” begins Foxx, “and see those performances by Samuel Jackson and John Travolta, and not go, ‘Man, if I could just work with that dude and say those types of words.’ He’s a wordsmith.”
“Quentin was like, ‘Don’t come in here, Jamie Foxx-ing it. Come in here and really be the character.’ I thought that was fantastic for a person to take you back to school and really get to work… You grow when you work with directors like that.”
Meanwhile, Foxx is keen to reassure audiences that Django Unchained won’t pull any punches when it comes to dealing with the thorny issue of slavery.
“With Django Unchained, when you’re dealing with slavery, it’s like a gymnastics routine with the highest amount of difficulty,” explains Foxx. “Quentin Tarantino is not going to do a movie that’s just going to lay there and be safe. There’s going to be twists and flips… that was the challenge."
We can hardly wait. Django Unchained opens in the UK on 18 January 2013.
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