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Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t entirely comfortable playing such a cruel character in his new film Django Unchained, but he was talked into it by his co-stars Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson.
DiCaprio plays Calvin Candie in the movie, a slave master who forces women into prostitution and men into viciously fighting.
“It was this incredibly interesting horrific character. I mean, there was absolutely nothing about this man I could identify with. I hated him and it was one of the most narcissistic, racist characters I've ever read in my entire life,” he revealed, Starpulse.com reports.
He reiterated to Vibe magazine, "This was my first attempt at playing a character that I had this much disdain for. It was an incredibly uncomfortable environment to be in.”
The actor also revealed that his first instinct was to soften the character, but he was talked into staying true to the script to make it more real.
"One of the pivotal moments for me was this initial read through, I wondered if it needed to be this violent and this atrocious to other human beings and it was Sam and Jamie who said, 'If you sugarcoat this people are gonna resent the hell out of you. You got to push this guy to the outer extreme,’” he explained.
“That is what ignited me into going the way I did into the character. Once I read about the sugar plantations (in history), we're just scratching the surface of what happened in this country."
Another aspect of Quentin Tarrantino’s script that DiCaprio had a tough time was with the “N-word,” but his co-stars reassured him it was sticking true to that time period.
"At one point he (DiCaprio) was feeling it was tough saying his lines, 'n**ga, n**ga' and Samuel pulled him aside and says, 'Hey motherf**ker, this is another Tuesday for us. Let's go!' said Foxx. “They were really trying to go back to that time."