Al press day di New York, Quentin Tarantino ha scortato la sua nuova creatura, Django Unchained, accompagnato da tutto il cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Walt Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson e persino Jonah Hill che ha solo un breve cameo.
Tutti hanno voluto esserci, per supportare il già controverso film del regista californiano. Le prime reazioni della stampa sono state ottime, ma il film uscirà in sala solo il 25 dicembre, per un Natale rosso sangue…
Ha parlato innanzitutto di una versione più lunga del film e della sua possibile release: I’m not exactly sure [when I might], I’m going to wait until the film goes around the world, does what it does. And then I’m going to make a decision. I make these scripts that are almost novels. If I had to do this whole thing over again I would have published this as a novel and done this after the fact. Maybe next time. I could do what Kevin Costner did with the expanded edition of ‘Dances with Wolves,’ and I could very well do that. Because if I put some of that in I have to change the story. But I want this version to be the story for a while.
Tarantino ha anche raccontato di aver chiesto a Sidney Poitier, una colonna della comunità nera, se non si stesse spingendo un po’ troppo oltre nel descrivere la condizione degli schiavi nell’America della metà dell’ottocento:
I went out to dinner with Sidney Poitier and I was explaining my hairbrain scene and escaping and he listened to me and told me that I had to man up. He goes, ‘Quentin, for whatever reason I think you were born to tell this story. You can’t be afraid of your own movie. You just need to do it. Everybody knows what time it is. Just treat them with love and respect, treat them like actors not atmosphere, what we’re doing and what we’re trying to get across. You’re going to do this in the South. Those people need jobs.’ There were a lot of guys, ‘Oh man I was a slave in ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter…’
Weinstein ad un certo punto ha chiesto a Quentin se non fosse il caso di dividere in due il film, come per Kill Bill:
It was a conscious decision from day 1 to not do my usual narrative tricks. This had to be Django’s journey from beginning to end. It had to be an odyssey. As Django and Schultz traverse America to get to Broomhilda. At one point Harvey was talking about splitting it up [into two films]. And I said, ‘No, it won’t work here.’ You have to follow Django’s journey to the end. There are so many emotions – there’s the action adventure, the gallow’s humor comedy that runs through it, there’s the pain of the story, there’s the catharsis, there’s the suspense, and hopefully at the end there’s cheering, if the audience isn’t cheering then I haven’t done my job. That I got that cheer at the end was the biggest issue. As far of the pain of the story I could have gone further. I wanted to show more, to show how bad it was. But I also don’t want to traumatize the audience to the point that they aren’t where I need them to be in the last reel.
Di Caprio ha raccontato tutti i suoi dubbi nell’interpretare un personaggio malefico:
This was my first attempt at playing a character that had this much disdain for. It was an incredibly uncomfortable environment to be in. I’ve seen racism growing up but the degree I had to treat other people in this film was disturbing. It was a very uncomfortable situation.