Leonardo Dicaprio - DiCaprio On Django Unchained's Calvin Candie: "He's the most deplorable human being I've ever read in a screenplay in my life"

The ability to not only play bold, complex heroes, but deplorable villains, too, is the hallmark of a great actor. Leonardo DiCaprio enjoys a turn as Calvin Candie - a slave owener - in Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, Django Unchained, and he's been talking to Today about the experience, and the character who most certainly falls under the latter of those two categories. 

"He's the most deplorable human being I've ever read in a screenplay in my life," DiCaprio told Willie Geist on TODAY Thursday. "He was rotting from the inside. He was, you know, a young Louis the XIV that had been brought into a world of entitlement and lived his life ... essentially owning other people." One of the biggest criticism of the film, or should we say only, is the 'excessive' use of the 'N-Word', which some consider to be overt and offensive, and others consider to be an accurate representation of the time. DiCaprio hasn't expressed a view either way, but did have trouble uttering the word on set, initially. "It was Sam Jackson and Jamie Foxx that said, 'You really have to go all the way with this man,'" he explained about confronting his fears. "It was an incredibly colorful character and I just had to ... I had to play him."

And play him he did, although, with perhaps a bit too much gusto, as he managed to cut himself on a broken wineglass whilst gesticulating as the nasty plantation owner.  "The choice was I supposed to go on and finish my speech or not, and then I noticed that blood was pouring everywhere," he said. "It was very interesting to see Quentin's and Jamie's reaction off screen."


Contactmusic

Tags: Leonardo Dicaprio - Quentin Tarantino - Jamie Foxx

Advertisement

More Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio Named Messenger Of Peace By United Nations

Leonardo DiCaprio has earned many awards and honours throughout his famed movie career, but his most recent accolade may eclipse them all due to the...

'Django Unchained' Actress 'Handcuffed After Kissing Companion'

Daniele Watts, the American actress who appeared in the Oscar winning movie 12 Years' a Slave, was detained by police in Los Angeles on Sunday...

De Niro, Pitt and DiCaprio Set for Martin Scorsese Short Film

In what may well be the most star-studded short movie of all time, Martin Scorsese will direct a campaign video for Melco-Crown Entertainment (MCE) starring...

So, Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Are Married. Here's What They're Doing Career-Wise

In celebrity news you should definitely care about, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are now officially, legally married. It’s been kind of a public secret...

Advertisement

Martin Scorsese Making 'Shutter Island' TV Series at HBO

Martin Scorsese is in the early stages of developing a Shutter Island prequel series for HBO. The premium cable network is working with the Oscar-winner...

DiCaprio, Johansson, Laurie: A Sneak Peak At Celebrity Auditions

TV and film superstars often don’t seem like real people. They live on a screen in our front room, or occasionally on a bigger screen...

Five Other Celebs Who Probably Want To Punch Justin Bieber

We're pretty sure that Orlando Bloom has managed to win over a good few thousand more fans after striking a fierce blow in the direction...

Robert Downey Jr Crowned King of the Box Office

With an estimated income of $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014, Downey Jr. shows that he's somewhat similar to his onscreen counterpart, billionaire...

Advertisement

Comments

Leonardo Dicaprio Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Leonardo Dicaprio

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All