While the “D” in “Django” may be silent, there was nothing but cheers at the Comic-Con Hall H panel for “Django Unchained” on Saturday. Quentin Tarantino’s newest film follows bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) as they track down plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
At the panel, fans were treated to en eight-minute sizzle reel of the film, along with plenty of laughs from Tarantino and the rest of the “Django” cast, including Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Walton Goggins, Don Johnson and Kerry Washington.
Here are eight things that we learned at the “Django” panel:
Quentin Tarantino is really happy he’s finally getting to do a western.
The director admitted that he’d been wanting to do a spaghetti western since he was 13 years old. But he also wanted to make sure that the western he did would be something different. “I feel like I’ve seen every story in a western, ad nauseum,” said Tarantino. “Westerns bend over backward to not deal with slavery.”
To get into his character, Django, Jamie Foxx pulled from his experience growing up in Texas.
“When I met Quentin, before we talked about the script, I talked about growing up. As a kid in Texas, it was racially charged, and some of the expreiences I went through as a kid, I expressed to him,” said Foxx. “Being called ‘nigger’ as a young kid growing up by grown people, it was something that I had to deal with coming form the south. By having that done to me, I was able to grasp what was being done in the script.”
The footage looks ridiculously badass.
Tarantino showed the crowd an eight-minute sizzle reel, which was essentially an extended version of the official trailer. This time, we got more footage of Django killing one of the Bennet brothers, a white man who works on Spencer Gordon Bennett’s (Don Johnson) plantation. We also got to see Schultz training Django how to shoot and kill.