Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film Django Unchained was a quasi-historical look at a slave who teams up with a bounty hunter to save his sold lover. The film starred Jamie Foxx as the titular Django; Christoph Waltz at Dr. King Schultz; Leonardo Dicaprio as Calvin Candie; Kerry Washington as Broomhilda von Shaft; Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen; and included Danièle Watts as Coco, one of the slave women that Django encounters during his journey.
The film was a modest success at the box office and received mixed to positive reviews from critics. How much do you really know about Django Unchained and its stars? Take a look at 5 things you (probably!) didn’t know about Django Unchained.
Leonardo Dicaprio really injured his hand
During the film, there is a scene where Leonardo Dicaprio’s character slams his hand down on the table, breaking a glass. Dicaprio actually did break the glass on the table, which cut him and caused his hand to actually bleed. However, Dicaprio chose to ignore his injury and continued on with the scene in character. Tarantino ended up using this take in the film.
The film was censored in China
Before the film could be released in China, several elements had to be censored—one unique censorship involved darkening the color of the blood in the film to make it acceptable by Chinese film regulation standards.
Jamie Foxx owns horses–and they were used in the film
In reality, the horse Django rides was actually one of actor Jamie Foxx’s horses. Filmmakers decided to use the horse because it was already comfortable with Foxx. Foxx not only rode his own horse, he gifted a unique present to actor Christoph Waltz, who injured himself after he was thrown off another horse: a saddle with a seat belt.
The film was Danièle Watts’ first notable film role
Actress Danièle Watts had several smaller film and TV roles prior to her casting in Django Unchained; her role in Django Unchained was her first featured film role and earned her some mild notice from film critics.
Cuba Gooding Jr. wanted to play Django
Cuba Gooding Jr. revealed after the film’s premiere that he had actively lobbied Quentin Tarantino for a chance to play the lead role of Django; however, Tarantino wouldn’t consider Gooding for the part, something that the actor says is his “biggest disappointment.”Watch your favorite movies at home with a great entertainment package.