Sacha Baron Cohen explains dropping out of Django Unchained

Chose Les Miserables instead

Sacha Baron Cohen was one of a number of stars who were initially pencilled in for a role in Django Unchained, only to drop out further down the line, and he’s taken the time to explain his reasons for leaving the Tarantino project.

“I was editing The Dictator and we were very close to release and Paramount wouldn’t push the date,” explains Cohen. “And then I knew I’d have to jump straight from there into Les Mis and it basically became a choice of either pulling out of Les Mis or pulling out of Django.”

A tough call then, although one that was made easier by the relative brevity of his part in the Tarantino film. “I’m sure Django is an incredible movie,” continues Cohen, “but it was essentially one scene.”

As for that scene in question, it would have dealt with how Broomhilda (Django’s wife) came to fall into the clutches of the evil Calvin Candie. “It was a character by the name of Scotty, whom Leonardo DiCaprio’s character plays a poker game with,” confirms Cohen. “The stakes become Scotty’s slave girl, Broomhilda.”

You can decide for yourselves whether or not Cohen made the right choice when the two films are released later this month. Les Miserables opens in the UK on 11 January 2013, while Django Unchained follows exactly one week later.

Would you have liked to see Cohen in Django? Tell us, below!


    • ericwillard

      Jan 4th 2013, 15:24

      I might not plan to see Les Mis and I'm supportig Django against that idiot Spike Lee but I think Sacha made the right choice. If you had to choose a career decision which movie, Les Mis holds more weight artistcally.

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    • FBJRider

      Jan 4th 2013, 16:23

      I think he made the right choice, Lés Mis looks like an excellent film.

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    • FBJRider

      Jan 4th 2013, 16:24

      I think he made the right choice. Les Mis looks like an excellent film.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 4th 2013, 16:53

      What the hell is he looking at? lol

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    • dabragjacob

      Jan 4th 2013, 17:16

      Why of course he made the right choice, Tarantino ended up deciding the scene would make the film too long so he ended up never even shooting it.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 4th 2013, 18:43

      I heard Sacha's performance in Les Mis was memorable. @ Hadouken it looks like some sort of metal phallus.

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    • Kerryman

      Jan 4th 2013, 20:28

      Not a phallus Ali, its his audition photo for Prometheus.

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    • Kellend11

      Jan 6th 2013, 19:37

      @Hadouken - its a razor, from Sweeney Todd

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    • deborahjaden

      Jan 11th 2013, 15:30

      as Matthew explained I didnt even know thatanyone can earn $4521 in four weeks on the computer did you read this site link

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