Tarantino Talks Career Prospects and Why He Chose Jamie Foxx

Above is the final theatrical poster for Django Unchained, which is a bit plain and disappointing considering the wide array of posters we’ve seen over the past year for this film.  However, with the release of the movie looming just over a month away, Quentin Tarantino has spoken out on a few subjects, including why he chose Jamie Foxx over other actors being considered for the role, including Idris Elba and my personal favorite actor at the moment, Michael K. Williams.  Will Smith was also in heavy consideration for the role at one point, and speaking to Playboy, Tarantino reveals a bit on his thought process behind the casting.

“We spent quite a few hours together, it just wasn’t 100 percent right, and we didn’t have time to try to make it that way”, says the director of the time they spent on set of Men in Black III.

He also met with a few others, saying “I met six different actors and had extensive meetings with all of them, and I went in-depth on all of their work, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael K. Williams and Tyrese.”

He says “they all appreciated the material, [but I] was going to put them through the paces, make them go off against one another and kind of put up an obstacle course.”

However, that changed when he met with Jamie Foxx, saying “He was the cowboy… Forget the fact that he has his own horse — and that is actually his horse in the movie. He’s from Texas; he understands. …He understood what it’s like to be thought of as an ‘other.’”

Speaking on the longevity of his career, Tarantino said “I just don’t want to be an old-man filmmaker. I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film fucks up three good ones. When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”

He says there will be a finality to the conclusion of his work, also: “I’m on a journey that needs to have an end and not be about me trying to get another job. I want this artistic journey to have a climax. I want to work toward something. You stop when you stop, but in a fanciful world, 10 movies in my filmography would be nice. I’ve made seven. If I have a change of heart, if I come up with a new story, I could come back. But if I stop at 10, that would be okay as an artistic statement.”

It would be a sad world knowing there was never going to be another Tarantino film, especially while the guy is still alive, but still, I understand his thought process on the matter, however, I still feel that for the unimpressive films Martin Scorsese has made, I still get incredibly excited every time a new one is about to hit screens, so I have mixed feelings on the issue.  What do you think?  Will he ever get around to Kill Bill: Vol 3?  Or should he not waste precious time rehashing arguably his  worst film?


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