“My life prepared me for this”: Jamie Foxx Felt He Was Born For Quentin Tarantino’s $426M Movie After Realizing He “Already had pieces of Django inside” Him

“My life prepared me for this”: Jamie Foxx Felt He Was Born For Quentin Tarantino’s $426M Movie After Realizing He “Already had pieces of Django inside” Him
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Among the plethora of roles he has tackled over the years, Jamie Foxx’s portrayal of Django remains one of his most notable performances, arguably only second to his depiction of Ray Charles. While Django Unchained witnesses impeccable performances from everyone aboard, especially  DiCaprio, it doesn’t take away the spotlight from Foxx, who brings his A-game into the mix.

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But unlike his other roles, filming the Tarantino-led western was pretty personal for the Oscar winner, as the Collateral Star expressed that he had a personal connection with the character of Django.

Also read: “Hollywood is not like that”: Despite an Oscar-Winning Veteran Career, Jamie Foxx Was Taken Aback By Quentin Tarantino’s Behavior on ‘Django Unchained’ Set

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Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx’s Whole Life Prepared Him for Django Unchained

Growing up in Texas, Jamie Foxx faced a copious amount of racism as a kid. And even before his Hollywood career took off, things weren’t exactly great for the actor as he was once denied entry on stage in a college musical due to his ethnicity.

Jamie Foxx in Ray
Jamie Foxx

Following the hardships he had to endure, the actor felt that his whole life prepared him for Django Unchained, as he deeply related to the film’s racially charged subject matter. This resulted in him leaving his stardom behind before heading into production, completely engrossing himself into Django, a freed slave, who embarks on the mission to rescue his enslaved wife. Per IMDb, the actor expressed,

“I faced racism as a kid and I felt like I knew the DNA of the script because I had lived it. I already had pieces of Django inside me and I could bring that to the character. I don’t trip on the racial stuff. I get it. I don’t trip on the word nigger. I’ve heard it, it’s been said. My life prepared me for this.”

But despite preparing himself to relive the horrors that his ancestors had to suffer, Foxx had an unsettling experience filming on Evergreen Plantation in Louisiana, which was once a real working plantation.

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Also read: “I couldn’t see a thing for 12 or 14 hrs a day”: After “Jail Sentence” Like Torture For Oscar Winning Role, Jamie Foxx Became Compassionate For Visually Impaired People

Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained
Jamie Foxx | Django Unchained

Leonardo DiCaprio Had a Hard Time Saying the Racial Slur Recalled Jamie Foxx

While the film was slightly criticized for its intense language for a certain portion of its release, Jamie Foxx felt the inclusion was necessary. However, Leonardo DiCaprio, who played the evil Candle Candie with no redeeming traits, had a hard time playing the hard-hearted plantation owner, as he wasn’t comfortable saying the N-word. But Samuel L. Jackson and Foxx were having none of it, which did end up resulting in a hilarious situation. Foxx recalled,

“Leonardo DiCaprio had a problem saying ni*ger. ‘Pal, pal, it’s tough for me to say this’. And I remember Samuel L. Jackson going, ‘Get over it motherf*cker. It’s just another Tuesday motherf*cker. I don’t give a fuck about these motherf*ckers. Look who I am motherf*cker, f*ck’. And it was like, Leo, we’re not friends. I said this is just another thursday. This is your property. These aren’t humans.”

Also read: “Somebody just dove on me like I was on fire”: Jamie Foxx Almost Exposed Marvel’s Biggest Secret After His Return as Electro in Tom Holland’s $1.9 Billion Worth Movie

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Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained
Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie

Foxx’s intimate connection with the story of Django following its parallel to his own story did end up boosting Tarantino’s Western, which became a huge hit among critics and fans.

Django Unchained is available to rent on Apple TV.

Source: IMDb

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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.