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Leonardo DiCaprio discussed his role in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained, this week.
In Django Unchained, DiCaprio plays Calvin Candie, a vile plantation owner in the south before the Civil War. DiCaprio told Vibe he knew the movie would be confrontational and had reservations about the role.
“For me, the initial thing obviously was playing someone so disreputable and horrible whose ideas I obviously couldn't connect with on any level,” DiCaprio stated. “I remember our first read through, and some of my questions were about the amount of violence, the amount of racism, the explicit use of certain language. It was hard for me to wrap my head around it.”
“My initial response was, ‘Do we need to go this far?’ Quentin pushes the envelope, you know, much like Inglourious Basterds was about World War II, a heightened reality. His depiction or retelling of that time,” he continues. “This is his retelling of this era. But my immediate question was, ‘Are we going too far?’”
According to Yahoo! Movies, director/writer Quentin Tarantino told Playboy, Candie is “the first villain I've ever written that I didn't like,” going on to say he usually likes his villains. He also stated he wrote the part for an actor older than DiCaprio, but changed the script to fit the actor.
The trailer for the movie was posted earlier this week as we previously reported. The movie will focus on Jamie Foxx’s character, Django, a freed slave turned bounty hunter. He will be trying to rescue his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), from DiCaprio’s character Candie.
Django Unchained opens Christmas Day.