CATEGORIES Movie NewsWhile the "D" in "Django" may be silent, there was nothing but cheers at the Comic-Con Hall H panel for "Django Unchained" on Saturday. Quentin Tarantino's newest film follows bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) as they track down plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
At the panel, fans were treated to en eight-minute sizzle reel of the film, along with plenty of laughs from Tarantino and the rest of the "Django" cast, including Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Walton Goggins, Don Johnson and Kerry Washington.
Here are eight things that we learned at the "Django" panel:
Quentin Tarantino is really happy he's finally getting to do a western. The director admitted that he'd been wanting to do a spaghetti western since he was 13 years old. But he also wanted to make sure that the western he did would be something different. "I feel like I've seen every story in a western, ad nauseum," said Tarantino. "Westerns bend over backward to not deal with slavery."
To get into his character, Django, Jamie Foxx pulled from his experience growing up in Texas. "When I met Quentin, before we talked about the script, I talked about growing up. As a kid in Texas, it was racially charged, and some of the expreiences I went through as a kid, I expressed to him," said Foxx. "Being called 'nigger' as a young kid growing up by grown people, it was something that I had to deal with coming form the south. By having that done to me, I was able to grasp what was being done in the script."
The footage looks ridiculously badass Tarantino showed the crowd an eight-minute sizzle reel, which was essentially an extended version of the official trailer. This time, we got more footage of Django killing one of the Bennet brothers, a white man who works on Spencer Gordon Bennett's (Don Johnson) plantation. We also got to see Schultz training Django how to shoot and kill.
Don Johnson is entertaining as hell -- in the movie and in person Although Johnson's character, Spencer Gordon Bennett, doesn't seem nearly as crass as Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), he's no less entertaining. As Johnson explained to the crowd, "My character is the kinder, gentler slave owner. All my slaves love me." To which Washington replied, "That's what they all say!" As for the inspiration for Bennett's accent? "I studied a lot of Foghorn Leghorn," said Johnson. Oh, he also jokingly (we think) asked the moderator to call him "Big Daddy." The moderator obliged.
Christoph Waltz is also entertaining as hell -- in the movie and in person "Well I am not going to tell you the story, you go and see the movie," joked Waltz. He then gave a little more insight into the relationship between his character and Django. "This is a different relationship than someone picking up a slave and rescuing him," he explained. "This is a unique and fabulous relationship that is forged in the midst of fantastic adventures." From the looks of the sizzle reel, Waltz is going to be (almost) as entertaining as he was in Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds."
The scene Jonah Hill is in is one of the funniest things Tarantino has ever written. Although Hill was only recently cast in the film, the director said that Jonah's character has a very memorable scene. He didn't go into much detail but did explain that Hill is part of the Regulators, which was a group that existed prior to the KKK but served a similar function. "[The scene] is a Regulator raid that's being led by Django and Schultz. It starts off like it's going to be very scary and intense. And then there's had this sequence, which is one of the funniest sequenes I've ever written. It's right up there with handing out the color names in 'Reservoir Dogs,'" said Tarantino, to the obvious delight of the crowd.
It may touch on a serious topic, but "Django Unchained" has plenty of laughs. In one scene, Django is learning how to shoot from Dr. Schultz, with a snowman as a target. When Django finishes unloading a gun into the snowman's head, Schultz cracks, "Well, you're faster than the snowman."
Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) and her husband Django are the ancestors of the one of the biggest badasses of all time. How badass? As Quentin Tarantino joked, the two are the great-great-great-grandparents of John Shaft, which prompted Jamie Foxx to start singing the "Shaft" theme song.