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  • 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 J. 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.
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  • Banned in China: Despite being heavily edited and shortened by the Chinese censorship board, the Chinese government endorsed this movie for carrying out their anti-American sentiment making slavery in colonial America a central subject as while the United States government has spent many decades accusing China of violating basic human rights at least since the late 1940s. Ironically, Chinese censors removing much of the violence and sex would only make Django's history component look whitewashed and depict slavery as less brutal and inhumane than it was in reality to the viewers. That being said, Django hardly made any money from the Chinese box office.
  • California Doubling:
    • The only thing actually filmed in Louisiana was the Evergreen Plantation, used to represent Big Daddy Bennett's place.
    • Quite a lot of the filming had California double for Texas and Louisiana. Melody Ranch was used for the Daughtrey town set, and the Ahmenson Ranch was used in some backdrops.
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    • The mountains where Django and Schultz spend the winter montage are the Grand Tetons near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Jonah Hill was offered the role of Scotty Harmony, a gambler who loses Broomhilda to Candie in a poker game, but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with The Watch. Sacha Baron Cohen was also offered the role, but declined in order to appear in Les Misérables (2012). Neither Scotty nor the poker game appear in the final cut of the film. Hill later appeared in the film as one of the klansmen.
  • 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."
  • Creator's Pest: Quentin Tarantino has said that Calvin J. Candie is the only character he has ever created whom he truly despises.
  • The Danza:
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    • Jake Garber as Tracker Jake.
    • Michael Bacall as Smitty Bacall
  • Directed by Cast Member: The Latin American Spanish dub produced in Mexico was directed by Gerardo García, who provided additional voices in the film.
  • Dueling Dubs: Two Latin American Spanish dubs were produced for the film. One was recorded at Palmera Record in Argentina for Sony's release of the film in Latin America, and the other was recorded at New Art Dub in Mexico for the Weinstein Company's North American release.
  • 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!
    • American Michael Parks plays another Australian miner, but his accent isn’t the slightest bit convincing.
  • Fake Nationality: Dr. King Schultz is from Düsseldorf, making him Prussian. He is played by Christoph Waltz, who is Austrian.
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  • Irony as She Is Cast: Jonah Hill, who is Jewish, plays a klansman.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Interesting example. As per usual on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack release, there is dialogue from the film interspersed throughout. In two instances, the tracks "In that case, Django, After you," and "5,000 Dollar Niggas" are from alternate or deleted scenes.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • 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 shot. The detail was incorporated into the rest of the scene, with Candie smearing (now fake) blood onto Broomhilda's face. Candie wears a bandage afterwards up until his death scene.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 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. Denzel Washington was considered, but deemed too old for the part. Cuba Gooding Jr. lobbied for the role, but was turned down. Idris Elba and Chris Tucker were also considered.
    • 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 Zoë Bell's character, which explains that she wears a bandanna over her face to hide a gruesome injury. Tarantino has stated interest in releasing an extended cut restoring some scenes that were left on the cutting room floor.
    • 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.
    • Zoë Bell and Lady Gaga were considered for Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly.
    • In the final draft of the script, Stephen was written to be a more brutal character; in the barn scene after Django was captured at Candie's mansion, he was supposed to torture Django by burning off his nipples with a hot poker. The dialogue from this scene, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, can be heard on the film's music soundtrack.
    • In the finished draft of the script, Billy Crash was written to be much more brutal and sadistic. A scene of him raping and tormenting Broomhilda in his cabin was cut from the final film. His original death from Django was also much different. Instead of shooting Crash to death at the end, Django takes a large knife and throws it at his chest as he leaves his cabin after his assault on Broomhilda.
  • Word of God: Quentin Tarantino revealed at Comic-Con that Django and Broomhilda are meant to be the great-great-great-grandparents of the character John Shaft. An overt reference to this connection can be found in Washington's character's full name: Broomhilda Von Shaft.
  • 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.

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