I had no idea this even existed, but ran into it while looking for a new book for my Grandpa. The Western Writers of America awarded Django Unchained with the Best Western Drama Script award for 2013.
LeVar Burton little ticked off after hearing Tarantino didn’t like “Roots”.
‘Django Unchained’ is a fantasy, let’s be clear,” Burton told New York magazine. “And when Quentin Tarantino says that ‘Django’ is more real than ‘Roots,’ I call bullshit. I got nothing against him, but don’t go there, okay? Don’t go there, Quentin. Too many people who look like me bled and died for you to have the opportunity to satirize the slave narrative. There’s a place for satire in culture. Taken at face value, as a piece of satire, I went and enjoyed it. It was fun. Let’s just not get it twisted. ‘Django’ was not real.”
Shorter version – satire is great so long as it isn’t aimed at me. No, that’s not right. So long as it isn’t aimed at people that look like me.
Toughen up LeVar.
QT: I would one of these days love to do the John Brown story, he’s one of my biggest heroes of all time; and I’d actually like to play John Brown because I think I kind of look like him a little bit. But I’m actually thinking that may be the last movie I’ll ever make–I’ll be 59 or 60, I’ll look the right age, I’ll be the right age. And so, that’s like an Unforgiven thing–
RR: Why is he such a hero?
QT: Because he pretty much ended slavery all by himself. And like all great patriots, was tried for treason [laughter]. I mean he’s the only white man that’s ever earned a spot on black history calendars, alright, and there looking you in the eye. Nobody saw slavery the way he saw it, and “if we have to start killing people to stop this then they’re going to know what time it is.” I just love him. He’s just my favorite American.
The takeaway from this story: a new rumor that Tarantino’s next film will be about John Brown!
The cover image for the 5th issue of the Django Unchained comic.
The cover image for the 4th issue of the Django Unchained comic book.
The cover image for issue #3 of the Django Unchained comic.
The cover image for the 2nd issue of the Django Unchained comic book.
Below is the cover image for the 1st issue of the Django Unchained comic book.
If you are really, really motivated to get your hands on the Django Unchained action figures, they are still available at Amazon – but you’ll pay a hefty price for them.