Leonardo DiCaprio talks Django Unchained

Says he found the material shocking

Django Unchained will find Leonardo DiCaprio playing the villain for the first time in his career, and the star has revealed that becoming Calvin Candie was a stomach-churning experience.

“This was my first attempt at playing a character that had this much disdain for. It was an incredibly uncomfortable environment to be in,” says DiCaprio. “I've seen racism growing up but the degree I had to treat other people in this film was disturbing. It was a very uncomfortable situation.

“One of the pivotal moments for me and this character, was this initial read-through, and I brought up, ‘Do we need to push it this far? Does it need to be this violent?’” he continues. “And [the actors and Quentin] said, ‘If you sugar coat this people are going to resent the hell out of you.’ By holding the character back you're going to do an injustice to the film. That was the thing that ignited me into going where I did with the character.

“Once I did even more research, read about the sugar plantations, we're just scratching the surface. It's a subject matter that should be looked at more often. I commend Quentin for combining so many different genres and making the subject matter entertaining for an audience.

“At the core of it what was great was a group of actors who were all there for one another to support and drive each other. Honestly it felt like we were cheerleaders for each other.”

Co-starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington, Django Unchained opens in the UK on 18 January 2013.

Are you excited to see what DiCaprio has come up with? Tell us, below!


    • andrewhanley

      Dec 17th 2012, 16:06

      I think it'll be pretty exciting to see him in Django. He's been typecast as the hero with a tortured soul for too long. An antagonist is something he should have explored years ago but, on the bright side, Quentin Tarantino isn't a bad guy to do your first villain with.

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    • Ali1748

      Dec 17th 2012, 20:28

      DiCapro really has grown into a formidable actor over the years.

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