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Jamie Foxx Talks Slave Role In Django Unchained: ‘Slap Me, I’m Going To Slap You Back’

The buzz surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming slave western epic Django Unchained has been explosive, to say the least. On one side is the rousing acclaim by a myriad of film and cultural critics who are hailing the Jamie Foxx vehicle as one of the year’s bravest work. Then there’s the controversy, highlighted by polarizing condemnation from right-wing conservatives who deem Django as an attack on whites and American history.

For Foxx—who stars as Django, a slave who after being freed by a German bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) joins forces to track down and free his wife (Kerry Washington) from the clutches of an evil slave master (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his calculating house slave (Samuel L. Jackson)—there were some early reservations about playing such a role that has been historically displayed in a negative light throughout Hollywood history. But the Academy Award winning actor tells VIBE that Tarantino's film highlights a character that rises above old time stereotypes.

“If I’m messing with a slave film do you actually think it’s going to be goofy?” explains Foxx, who shares the December/January VIBE cover with Washington and DiCaprio. “It’s one thing to do the slave movie where the slave is docile and says, ‘Lord Jesus, God…help us’ and starts singing hymns throughout the entire film. That ain’t what we are doing here. Django Unchained is saying, ‘You slap me, I’m going to slap you back.’ By having someone like Quentin Tarantino putting his expertise on it, it really elevates it. It’s been a great experience for me to be able to find out the knowledge of just how a plantation worked and how hard it was for slaves, my people, and to look at us now and say, ‘Wow, today we have an African-American president.’”

Foxx says Django Unchained has been a surprise for many who had preconceived notions about the film. “I remember we debuted the trailer at the BET Awards and there were a lot of people who didn’t know what the picture would look like,” he states. “People flipped out. I even ran into Spike Lee and he said, ‘Oh my God. I’m not going to say anything bad about this one.’ He was blown away.”

Foxx continues: “Django Unchained is classic Quentin Tarantino. And I have to say that it’s Leonardo DiCaprio at his best. It’s Samuel Jackson at his best. Everyone is great from Kerry to Christopher Waltz. And it’s one of the toughest, truest looks at slavery that you will ever see. Just how Roots defined the 70’s generation, this will define our generation about the actual slave who wasn’t docile; the slave who fought back. It’s been a challenge and a great experience to be a part of this film.”

Django Unchained is set to hit the big screen December 25th.—Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29)

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Daniels is reportedly teaming up with viral star, SuperB***h for the new movie. "Y'all remember maybe 10, 12 years ago I said my dream was to make a gay superhero film?" he said in a video message on IG. "Dreams do come true. And I found my superhero. America, world, get ready."

 

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Dreams really do come true!! I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only @theoriginalbigdaddy. You’re an amazing man filled with great ideas. I can wait to work with you!. ❤️❤️🌈🌈

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SuperB***h also commented on the news in the caption of the video. "You’re an amazing man filled with great ideas," he wrote. "I can wait to work with you!"

For those who aren't up to speed, SuperB***h is both an actor and comedian from Southeast, D.C., who rose to Internet stardom for his social media videos that feature him twirling, flipping, and protecting the world from homophobic trolls, horrible ex-boyfriends, and other villains.

Daniels has not leaked any details regarding the film at this time. Check out the video message above and below.

 

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WARNING: THE LANGUAGE OR ACTION USED IN THIS CONTENT IS ONLY FOR ENTERTAINMENT & COMEDIC PURPOSES. IT DOES NOT REPRESENT THE FEELINGS OF THE PARTICIPANTS. THIS POST IS NOT INTENDED TO PROMOTE VIOLENCE OR THE USE OF WEAPONS IN ANY WAY. ALL PROPS ARE FAKE. WE DO NOT ENCOURAGE VIEWERS TO TRY THIS AT HOME. People will never understand to mind their own business!. So I had to get crazy and bring super b*tch out 😈🦸🏽‍♂️ 💞@bmrtwins1 @jinnkid

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John Boyega Launches Record Label To Oversee Soundtrack For Upcoming Movie

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