‘Django’ to the Extreme: How Panic Attacks and DiCaprio’s Real Blood Made a Slavery Epic Better


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Django Unchained On Set BTS - H 2012

No one was safe from from harm on Quentin Tarantino’s intense and ill-fated shoot.

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This story first appeared in the Jan. 10, 2013 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

In his climactic monologue as plantation owner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino‘s , Leonardo DiCaprio grew concerned about co-star Kerry Washington, who plays Candie’s slave Broomhilda. In the scene, he grabs and threatens her at his dinner table while two bounty hunters (Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx as Django, who’s there to save Broomhilda, his wife) look on. "Am I hurting you?" he gently asks her.

In fact, Washington was hurting, and she wasn’t the only one on the set traumatized by a production whose grueling conditions were as epic as its themes of revenge and love triumphant over slavery. "We shot that film forever," says Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the head house slave…

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