CATEGORIES Movie News"Django Unchained" is the kind of unique adventure that only Quentin Tarantino could make. As a Spaghetti Western set in the pre-Civil War South, the film stars Jamie Foxx as the titular Django, a runaway slave who teams up with Dr. Schultz, a German bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz (who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Hans Landa in "Inglourious Basterds"). The duo embarks on a path of revenge toward the infamous plantation owner Calvin Candie, brought to life by Leonardo DiCaprio. Candie doesn't just commit unspeakable acts against slaves, but he also keeps Django's wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) as his bride. But there are several obstacles standing in the way of Django and Schultz, including Walton Goggins as the nasty Billy Crash.
Moviefone participated in the Comic-Con press line for "Django Unchained" and had the opportunity to speak with three of the movie's stars: Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Walton Goggins. The actors each offered unique perspectives, as the hero, the bad guy and the damsel in distress, on the thrill of Westerns and the fearful excitement of working with QT.
What's the most thrilling aspect of acting in a Western? Waltz: Shooting guns, riding horses, hitting people. The usual Western thrills.
What does it mean to be a leading lady in a Quentin Tarantino movie? Washington: I tend to not make decisions about my acting based on, like, "career moves." I really make decisions as an artist and material that speaks to my heart. Being able to collaborate with Quentin, Christoph Waltz, Leo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Sam Jackson -- those are the things that drew me to the role.
What is it like to experience working with Quentin for the first time? Goggins: It was never a dull moment. It was as creative as you can possibly get. Working with this guy is fearful in the best way because he's so creative, perpetually so, that you're just constantly thinking, "Oh my god what am I going to do now?" He tests you, not with what he asks of you but the passion that he brings to his craft.
Christoph, do you see a difference in playing good guys and bad guys? Waltz: Fun is not the first, most important element for me. It's a valid point of view, it's just not mine. I see a script in front of me and I try to find out what it is that is in that script. If it turns out to be fun for the viewer, so be it. If it turns out to be a "bad guy" so be it, if it turns out to be a "good guy," have it your way.
How has the relationship changed working with him for a second time? Waltz: Quentin wrote this thing knowing me, and I could follow the gestation from the first little idea to the full bodied character. If you have the good fortune to have a writer like Quentin, write something with you in mind, it's not that difficult to figure it out. You're with it all the time and being swept away. As opposed to last time when the character was there and I had to figure out what Quentin means by it.
What kind of movie geekery does Quentin bring to the set? Goggins: My knowledge of cinema pales in comparison to [his]. He's benevolent and kind enough to entertain my dumb questions about "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." He's the real deal and we've all known that for a long time. It's nice to see him make the movie that he's always wanted to make.
Kerry, what do you think is the most important aspect of your character? Washington: One of the things that drew me to the character of Broomhilda is that she really is the princess that gets rescued from the tower -- and particularly for a black woman, that's not an experience that we've seen often. So much of the institution of slavery was about breaking up families and not making it possible to have healthy marriages, or marriages at all. So the idea that in this world of slavery, love could conquer this evil institution and a man could rescue his wife, I thought that was so beautiful and important.
Walton, what would happen if your character Billy Crash met up with your character Shane Vendrell from "The Shield"? Goggins: Shane would turn around and leave after looking at the gun on Billy's hip.
How often does Quentin surprise you? Waltz: With everything he does.
How often did your jaw drop reading the script? Waltz: I have no idea, I never stopped.
Goggins: Multiple. Make your dinner reservations now because you're going to want to talk some sh-t after this movie.
"Django Unchained" arrives in theaters on December 25, 2012.
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