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Django Unchained Movie Trivia 

When Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) smashes his hand on the dinner table, DiCaprio accidentally crushed a small stemmed glass with his palm and really began to bleed. He ignored it, stayed in character, and continued with the scene. 

Quentin Tarantino was so impressed that he used this take in the final print, and when he called cut, the room erupted in a standing ovation. DiCaprio's hand was bandaged, and he suggested the idea of smearing blood onto the face of Kerry Washington. Tarantino and Washington both liked this, so Tarantino got some fake blood together.

Dr. Schultz is whistling the Django theme song as he puts the dynamite in the tooth atop the wagon, 

Leonardo DiCaprio had to stop the dinner scene because he was having "a difficult time" using racial slurs. Samuel L. Jackson then pulled him aside telling him, "Motherfucker, this is just another Tuesday for us."

Leonardo DiCaprio, was uncomfortable with how horrible and explicitly racist his character was. Quentin Tarantino convinced him to be as menacing as possible, saying that if he didn't take it all the way, people would hold it against him forever.

Jamie Foxx used his own horse, Cheetah, in the movie. 

Even though audiences might believe it, in the 1840s, many German revolutionaries and progressives left Europe for the U.S., where they often became active in the anti-slavery movement.

Quentin Tarantino said that originally, the Mandingo fight scene, and the scene with the dogs, were longer and more violent. He felt like he was going to "traumatize" the audience, so he cut both scenes down.

After working on this film, composer Ennio Morricone said he would probably never again collaborate with Quentin Tarantino since he didn't like the way he "places music in his films without coherence" and "never giving enough time". 

Morricone and Tarantino have also worked together on three previous movies and collaborated on The Hateful Eight (2015), which earned Morricone his first Academy Award.

Christoph Waltz was thrown off his horse and broke his pelvis, Jamie Foxx gave him a gift to make him feel better about riding a horse: a saddle with a seat belt.

Christoph Waltz turned down the role when first given the script. He felt it was too tailored to his persona. Quentin Tarantino insisted and wouldn't take no for an answer. Waltz agreed under one condition: his character had to be pure, and never once act in a negative or evil manner. 

When Quentin Tarantino first met Franco Nero in Rome, he told Nero that he first saw Django (1966) when he was working in a video store. He then proceeded to recite lines and even sing the songs to Nero from all his movies. Nero was astonished that he knew them all.

The white men playing poker towards the end of the film, are using severed ears from slaves as their currency.

The men in hoods organized by Big Daddy represent a group known as "The Regulators" - spiritual forebears of the later post-civil war KKK formed in 1865.

Excluding films in which the cast is billed alphabetically (Celebrity (1998) and Don's Plum (2001)) this is the first time in sixteen years that Leonardo DiCaprio didn't get top billing.

Will Smith, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Tyrese Gibson were all considered for the role of Django.

Quentin Tarantino actually wrote the role with Smith in mind, and Smith's agents and manager wanted him to accept it, but Smith ultimately decided to pass. 

The film was shot in 130 days. This was Quentin Tarantino's longest shooting schedule for a single film.

The name "Django" is a Romani name, meaning "I awake." It was very popular among musicians and jazz enthusiasts for having been the adopted name of Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt (1910-1953), a Romani-Belgian jazz guitarist known as Django Reinhardt.

Jonah Hill was supposed to play a bigger role in this film. He was originally cast to portray a character named Scotty Harmony, the son of Southern slave buyers who would purchase Broomhilda to become his lover. The entire segment was cut.

The film did not receive a rating from the MPAA until over a week before its wide domestic release. 

Quentin Tarantino revealed at Comic-Con that Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington's characters are meant to be the great-great-great-grandparents of the character John Shaft from the Shaft (1971) films. 

While filming on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Quentin Tarantino rented out a local movie theater to show samurai and Western movies from his own personal collection.

Cuba Gooding, Jr. lobbied for the role of Django, but Quentin Tarantino would not consider him. According to Gooding, it's his biggest disappointment.

The quilt that is on the bed, into which Broomhilda is thrown, is an Underground Railroad style. Myth has it, that slaves would use quilts to communicate, and the Underground Railroad style was saying to "pack up and go".

At one hour, six minutes, and seventeen seconds, Christoph Waltz's performance in this movie is the longest ever to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Django's blue costume is based on the famous painting "The Blue Boy". This painting inspired F.W. Murnau's film Emerald of Death (1919) (Emerald of Death). Murnau is best known for creating the "Unchained" camera technique.

Leonardo DiCaprio, was originally the first choice for the role of antagonist Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's previous film Inglourious Basterds.

Amber Tamblyn makes a cameo early on in the film as Dr. Schultz and Django make their way through the town of Daughtry, Texas. I said, 'It would be super cool to have my father (Russ Tamblyn) and me play Son of a Gunfighter and Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter.' And Quentin was like, 'Sold. Done.' So it's sort of like this totally weird thing to happen and a total inside joke." It's also a sweet father-daughter memory. "It's such a cool moment for me to see my name in an old Western style next to my dad's," Tamblyn said. 

Holds the all time record for most uses of the word "nigger" or some version of it in a motion picture, with 116 uses.

Calvin explains that via the study of Phrenology, he is able to find the three dimples on Ben's skull, which represent submissiveness. Phrenology was an ill-fated phase of real Psychology when it was actually believed bumps on different skull locations represented different traits like creativity, athletic ability, and so on. 

While Kevin Costner turned down the role of Ace Woody, this is not the first time he has rejected a role offered to him by Quentin Tarantino. 

Dr. Schultz says he wants to re-name Eskimo Joe, the Mandingo fighter he tries to purchase, "Black Hercules." This was the real-life nickname of Ken Norton, the actor/boxer who starred in Mandingo (1975).

Leonardo DiCaprio was injured twice, once during rehearsal, and once during filming. Once with a hammer that broke and hit him in the head. For filming, the hammer he handled was made of foam. 

Quentin Tarantino has said that Calvin J. Candie is the only character he has ever created whom he truly despises.

For the montage sequence of Django and King beginning their partnership as bounty hunters, Quentin Tarantino played the background music live on the set while filming.

Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington previously starred as Ray Charles and Della Bea Robinson in Ray. (2004).

Leonardo DiCaprio has stated that the characters of Drexl Spivey from True Romance [also written by Tarantino] (1993) and Doc Holiday from Tombstone (1993) were main influences on his performance as Calvin Candie. 

While it is known that there is a link between Dr. King Schultz and the grave of the mysterious "Paula Schultz" featured in Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), not much is fully understood about the connection. However, fans have theorized that Dr. Schultz was related to this Paula Schultz character, possibly as in husband and wife at some point who were separated shortly before the doctor went to pursue his career as a bounty hunter. Other theories suggest that Paula Schultz could have been Dr. Schultz's estranged daughter or long-lost sister. Tarantino has not confirmed this, however.

The film's release was delayed in China by government censors in April 2013. Their requests included "turning the blood to a darker color, or lowering the height of the splatter of blood."

One of the members of the Smitty Bacall Gang was Gerald Nash. This name was also used as one of the police officers killed by Mickey and Mallory in Natural Born Killers(1994) (written by Tarantino). This is a trademark of Tarantino's: reusing names and relating characters among his scripts.

Dr. King Schultz partly mirrors the real-life Doc Holliday, also a dentist turned gunfighter.

There was talk of splitting the film into two parts, like Kill Bill, but Quentin Tarantino eventually rejected the idea and cut a whole lot of the planned film. 

Among what was cut out includes an entire backstory for Zoë Bell's character, which explains that she wears a bandanna over her face to hide a gruesome injury.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast in a minor role as Jano, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with his directorial debut, Don Jon (2013).

The Italian song playing right before Django and Broomhilda reunite translates as «Still here/ still you/ although now/ I know who you are/ who you will always be/ and when you'll see me// you'll remember/ still here/ still you/ I hope that you will forgive me/ you -your eyes are still the same- you seem to ask again about me/ about how things are/ [...] something that will come back/ as it was again/ still here/ still you/ and what's been its gone by now/ and [song ends abruptly]».

With an estimated budget of 100 million dollars, this is Quentin Tarantino's most expensive film.

The opening song is the actual soundtrack that played during the opening credits of Django (1966) by Luis Bacalov.

Although the film is often considered a part of the western genre, Quentin Tarantino preferred to refer to the film as a "southern" due to the film's setting in America's deep south.

When Django and Dr. Schultz are in Daughtrey, Texas, the saloon they are in is called "Minnesota Clay's Saloon". Minnesota Clay (1964) is the name of a Western film directed by Sergio Corbucci, the same director of the original Django (1966).

Franco Nero, making his cameo in the film, is seen wearing white gloves. This may be a reference to his wounds in the original Django film. 

As appreciation for being cast, James Remar gave Quentin Tarantino a 35mm IB Technicolor print of Mandingo (1975). Quentin occasionally screens the print at The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles

DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(Quentin Tarantino): [Rotating Shot]: During the first dinner scene with Calvin, the camera moves around the table as he talks showing the different characters' faces, and towards the end, when Django is talking with the LeQuint Dickey Mining Company about the Smitty Bacall gang, the camera similarly rotates around them. Tarantino has used this effect in Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Death Proof (2007).

First western to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay since Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and the first to win an Award for Acting (and in the same category) since Unforgiven (1992).

Zoë Bell and Lady Gaga were considered for the role of Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly.

King's and Django's horses are named Fritz and Tony. These are the names of the horses of (respectively) silent western stars William S. Hart (Fritz the Horse) and Tom Mix (Tony the Horse).

DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Quentin Tarantino): One of the LeQuint Dickey Mining Company employees, using an Australian accent. He also reportedly is wearing a bag on his head among the Regulators.

WILHELM SCREAM: When the riders retreat from the exploding wagon in their night raid, and one falls off a horse.

Sid Haig was a strong contender for the role of "Mr. Stonesipher", so much so that Casting Director Victoria Thomas informed Haig's agent, "It's a lock". Quentin Tarantino scheduled, and later canceled at the last minute, two auditions for Haig. Two months later, the role quietly went to David Steen instead. Tarantino, being known for his extremely dry humor, this "prank" is presumably rooted in Haig turning down the role of Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction (1994).

Sacha Baron Cohen was cast as Scotty, and Kurt Russell was cast as Ace Woody, but both dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

Russ Tamblyn, whose character in this movie is named "Son of a Gunfighter", starred in the 1965 movie Son of a Gunfighter (1965). Also, Tamblyn's real-life daughter Amber Tamblyn plays the character named "Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter".

Dr. King Shultz kills approximately 23 people, while Django kills approximately 38 people in the film's run. Calvin Candie kills nobody, but under his instruction, is responsible for two deaths.

Denzel Washington was considered for the role of Django, but was deemed too old.

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Django Unchained (2012)
R | 2h 45min | DramaWestern | 25 December 2012 (USA)
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio

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