Jamie Foxx talks about 'Django Unchained'
LAPACAZO SANDOVAL Special to the AmNews | 1/8/2013, 2:20 p.m.
Recently, I caught up with Samuel L. Jackson, and we chatted about his role and you. What was it like to work with Sam? He is unique!
I loved watching him on set. I mean, he was tearing the foundation from his thing, and his long and respected relationship with Quentin- well, I am a bit jealous. Them dudes know each other. I look forward to having that type of relationship with Quentin from here on out.
This is your first time working with Leonardo DiCaprio. What's your take on his creation of Calvin Candie?
I enjoy watching directors work, and it was just amazing to watch Quentin work with him. Leo, well, he really did have strong, knee-jerk reactions to hearing and saying the N-word. It did not sit well with him, and I suspect it never will.
Then Sam, as only he could, said something like "Look, Leo, this is just another Tuesday--it was what it was. Come on now," but with a much more, ahh, colorful choice of words. It seemed to help build our dynamic. There were times when Leo walked past me and would not speak. His character was present and checked in for duty.
I understand that you ride horses very well. Quentin shared that one of his favorite images was of you, riding bareback with a "fistfull of mane in one hand and a rifle in the other."
[Laughing] Yes, I do ride, and the horse that I ride in the film, I own. That's my Cheetah.
The take that he loves was, for me, the scariest in the film. The usual stunt guy was absent, but the horse was not aware. Galloping, at full speed, I started to slide off, barely able to keep my balance. Then I remembered the advice of the stunt man: He said, "If you feel yourself falling off the horse, just let go." I'm thinking, this man is crazy. I got back on.
Outside, I looked like Django, but inside, it was more like Little Richard--"Oh, Lord Jesus, someone stop this horse! Stop this horse!" Of course, Quentin asked for a second take.
Let's talk love! I didn't think Quentin could create a romance. I mean, who knew?
That is what drew me to "Django Unchained." It's the love story between Django and Broomhilda, played with grace, power and aching elegance by Kerry Washington--everything else fell by the wayside. He's not willing to do anything but find the love of his life. That's powerful, that's Django.