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Trivia / Django Unchained

  • Acting for Two:
    • James Remar features at the beginning of the film as slave trader Ace Speck and later as Butch Pooch, bodyguard to Calvin Z. Candie. Which leads to one of the best meta-examples of an Ironic Echo as Christoph Waltz kills Remar in the beginning, and in return Remar kills him back in the end.
    • In true fashion, Quentin Tarantino plays Robert, one of the Bag Heads, as well as a member of the LeQuint Dickey Mining Company. He's the one who suggests that the bags could have been done better.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Jamie Foxx's Django meets Franco Nero, who played the original Django in the 1960s.
      "The 'D' is silent."
      "I know."
    • Don Johnson's Big Daddy wears all-white, a reference to his Miami Vice character.
    • David Steen plays Mr. Stonesipher, Candie's dog handler. Last time Steen worked with Quentin Tarantino, he played a dog-handling cop in Reservoir Dogs.
    • This isn't the first time Christoph Waltz plays a violent German, even if he's one of the good guys this time around.
    • Calvin's sister at one point asks Schultz if he can tell her a story from "the circus". Christoph Waltz had previously played a mental circus director in Water for Elephants.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Franco Nero, who plays the mandingo fighter Amerigo Vassepi in the film, was the title character in the 1966 spaghetti western Django from which Tarantino adapted the title of this film.
    • Russ Tamblyn, who starred in Son of a Gunfighter in 1965 and plays one of the locals of Daughtrey who reacts in shock to the sight of a black man on a horse, is credited as Son of a Gunfighter. And Amber Tamblyn, his daughter, is credited as Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter
  • The Danza: Jake Garber as Tracker Jake.
  • Fake Australian: American Quentin Tarantino as an Australian miner.
    • And surprisingly good, too. Any time he says "black" it does sound vaguely South African, but lines like "You got something to say, mate, you say it," are pretty much spot on. Qudos to Quentin!
  • Fake Nationality: Dr. King Schultz is from Düsseldorf, making him Prussian. He is played by Christoph Waltz, who is Austrian.
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  • Mean Character, Nice Actor:
    • Leonardo DiCaprio was very uncomfortable with just how evil and racist Calvin Candie was. He also reportedly apologized repeatedly to his cast members between takes for things his character said.
    • Samuel L. Jackson was quoted as saying that he believes Stephen will be the most hated slave character in movie history. Contrasts to how legendarily nice he is in real life.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Jamie Foxx gets to show off his horsemanship in ways that are not strictly plot relevant, but cool anyway. The horse Django rides is one of Foxx's real ones.
    • Ted Neeley, a professional singer, performs a rather eerie "Trackers Chant".
  • Throw It In: Leonardo DiCaprio accidentally cut his hand on broken glass in the scene where Candie slams his fist on the table, but continued with the scene. He can be seen picking broken glass from his increasingly bloody hand for the duration of the scene, and Kerry Washington's look of horror as he smears blood on her face was from genuine shock. The scene was used in the final cut, therefore Leo wears a bandage afterwards up until his death scene.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony LaPaglia and Sacha Baron Cohen were originally cast before pulling out. Russell even shot some scenes but left due to creative differences (Tarantino was reworking the script during filming and cut much of Russell's character out).
    • Tarantino had originally wanted Will Smith to play Django. The two of them discussed it a lot, but according to Tarantino the script "wasn’t 100 percent right" at the time and after agreeing to wait, he started testing other actors and decided that Jamie Foxx was perfect. Specifically, Smith has said he wanted the movie to focus more on Django, as he didn't feel the character was the true lead.
    • Michael K. Williams was almost cast as Django, as was Idris Elba. Chris Tucker was also in the running, too!
    • There was talk of splitting the film into two parts, like Kill Bill, but Tarantino eventually rejected the idea and cut a whole lot of the planned film. Among what was cut out includes an entire backstory for Zoe Bell's character, which explains that she wears a bandanna over her face to hide a gruesome injury. Tarantino does plan on releasing an extended cut later down the line, restoring some scenes that were left on the cutting room floor. Though given that it is Tarantino it's best not to hold your breathe on the last part.
    • Originally the Candyland trackers had a much larger part to play, but much was cut from them to make Django into a single film. Bell's tracker, for example, was originally going to have an entire fight scene devoted to her, in which it would have been revealed that she's missing the bottom half of her face.
  • Written-In Infirmity:
    • During the first 40 minutes of the movie, with the exception of a single scene at Big Daddy's plantation, Schultz drives a wagon rather than riding a horse. This was because Christoph Waltz had injured his pelvis in a fall from a horse during shooting. Analysis of the script shows that there was only a small amount of dialogue that ever had to be rewritten due to the cart.
    • Then there is Leonardo DiCaprio accidentally cutting his hand on broken glass. It was thrown in, so he wears a bandage through the rest of the film.