When Quentin Tarantino accepted the Golden Globe for Best Original Screenplay at the 70th Golden Globes, he thanked several groups. The brain behind cult classics like Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction thanked Django Unchained's "magnificent actors," as well as his "group of friends," who as he's writing the script reads each scene to as he goes on.
Django stars Kerry Washington, Leonardo Dicaprio and Jamie Foxx grace VIBE current cover. In an unpublished outtake from the interview, Dicaprio described one of these writing sessions.
"The thing that made [Dicaprio's character Calvin Candie] click for me was some of the conversations I had with Quentin during the writing process about things like phrenology, because I wanted him to be able to have a sort of scientific approach to how he operated. And phrenolgoy, at the time, was a bogus study of the skull and human emotions and feelings, where they came from. A lot of the plantation owners and scientists used that at the time to promote the idea of slavery staying as it was, and it was a completely made up bullshit science. That sort of thing elevated the character. He bought into his own bullsit. He was so encompassed in this world that he actually had a scientific plausible explanation for doing what he did, and that led to a whole bunch of sequences we have in the movie. But a lot of the time, for me, it was about cutting out anything that I have experienced in my life and my own viewpoints and, basically, coming to the set and trying to become a completely different human being."
"Once your in it, taking something from the page to three-dimensional, it changes and it evolves," adds Washington about how Tarantino's screenplay transformed them into character. "I’ve heard that that doesn’t happen as much with other films as it did with this one. But yeah, it evolves. The film kinda lived in all of us and the ending changed because the middle changed."
"I remember our first meeting, our first read through and some of my questions were about the amount of violence, the amount of racism, the explicit use of certain language," adds Dicaprio. "It was hard for me to wrap my head around it. My first initial response was, "Do we need to go this far?" Quentin pushes the envelope. You know, much like Inglorious Bastards was about World War II, a heightened depiction or retelling of that time, this was his retelling of this era."
This was Tarantino's second win at the Golden Globes for Best Original Screenplay. He also won in 1996 for co-writing Pulp Fiction. For the full list of winners head here.