Samuel L. Jackson talks Django Unchained

Discusses slavery in the film

Django Unchained began the slow drip of promotional material last week with the release of a first teaser poster. Now Samuel L. Jackson has done his bit to promote the film by discussing what attracted him to the project, and how the film will cover a difficult period in American history.

"It's a Tarantino movie so there's no thought that goes into, 'am I gonna do it or not?'" says Jackson of his reaction to the opportunity. "It's kinda like, 'I'm doing that,' because I know it's going to be great."

Jackson plays Stephen, a house slave belonging to Leo DiCaprio's villainous plantation owner, Calvin Candie. "It's definitely an opportunity to explore a place in my history that I haven't thought about," says Jackson of the slavery theme, "and deal with it in an honest and very dramatic way."

"Quentin pays homage to a lot of different genres," says Jackson. "He would like to say this is a spaghetti western, and I guess in ways it is. And I guess when you start talking about Farewell Uncle Tom, Mandinga, Mandingo… all those things play in there too."

"But it's not like that's not something that's part of the fabric of this country, and it happened," he continues. "We'll deal with as honestly, and [in] as Tarantinoesque [a fashion] as we can."

Django Unchained opens in the UK on 18 January 2013.

How will Django Unchained measure up to Tarantino's back catalogue? Tell us, below.


    • realrain

      Apr 17th 2012, 9:59

      Highly anticipating this, but weary of talkey bollocks scripting from Mr. T. Inglorious Basterds was pretty good, but needed about 30 mins of cuts to make it the masterpiece Quentin was striving for. Its strange that the man who basically re-invented screen writing, now seems unable to edit himself - hence the travesty that was "Death Proof". Basterds had some of his early glory, lets hope Django Unchained is QT at his finest.

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    • joker16

      Apr 17th 2012, 12:43

      @realrain Please avoid stating your opinion as fact. You just come across sounding foolish and ignorant.

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    • realrain

      Apr 17th 2012, 14:11

      @joker16 That told him - the ignorant fool! Wait a minute - thats me.............(re-evalutes his character)

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 17th 2012, 15:11

      Yes they deserve to die and I hope they burn in hell.

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    • FBJRider

      Apr 17th 2012, 18:21

      As soon as I see the name Tarantino I know it's going to be a terrible film

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