In light of the upcoming release of Django Unchained, Playboy sat down with legendary filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino, to talk technique, motivation, love and more for its Dec. issue. We caught a sneak peek!
Quentin Tartantino is no longer a Hollywood outsider.
He’s always played by his own rules, and whether or not you like him as a person, it’s hard not to love the films he’s made.
Django Unchained marks his seventh major endeavor, and as it’s been dubbed one of the most-anticipated films of the year. Playboy caught up with Tarantino for a bit of cinematic and personal reflection.
Playboy‘s Q&A With Tarantino
On the future of films
Quentin Tarantino: “I’m on a journey that needs to have an end and not be about me trying to get another job. I want this artistic journey to have a climax. I want to work toward something. You stop when you stop, but in a fanciful world, 10 movies in my filmography would be nice. I’ve made seven. If I have a change of heart, if I come up with a new story, I could come back. But if I stop at 10, that would be okay as an artistic statement.”
On historical accuracy and context
Quentin Tarantino: “You turn on a movie and know how things are going to go in most films. Every once in a while films don’t play by the rules. It’s liberating when you don’t know what’s happening next. …I thought, ‘What about telling these kinds of stories my way — rough and tough but gratifying at the end?'”
Will Smith was going to be Django?
Quentin Tarantino: “We spent quite a few hours together over a weekend when he was in New York doing Men in Black 3. …I think half the process was an excuse for us to hang out and spend time with one another. …It just wasn’t 100 percent right, and we didn’t have time to try to make it that way.”
So why Jamie Foxx?
Quentin Tarantino: “He was the cowboy… Forget the fact that he has his own horse — and that is actually his horse in the movie. He’s from Texas; he understands. …He understood what it’s like to be thought of as an ‘other.'”
And does Leonardo DiCaprio deliver as the villain, Candie?
Quentin Tarantino: “I hated Candie, and I normally like my villains no matter how bad they are. …what I’m always trying to do… is get you to kind of like these guys, despite on-screen evidence that you shouldn’t. Despite the things they do and say and despite their agenda. I also like making people laugh at f*cked-up sh*t. I want there to be anticipation. I was actually quite proud when I read that Django is one of the most anticipated movies coming out this year. It’s a black Western. Where’s the anticipation coming from? I guess a lot of it is me. That’s pretty f*cking awesome.”
How do you get the creative juices flowing?
Quentin Tarantino: “I wouldn’t do anything impaired while making a movie. I don’t so much write high, but say you’re thinking about a musical sequence. You smoke a joint, you put on some music, you listen to it and you come up with some good ideas. …I don’t need pot to write, but it’s kind of cool.”
And how do the ladies feel about all that?
Quentin Tarantino: “If I had a wife, I would probably be more polite. She would make me write thank-you notes, which I won’t do on my own. I wouldn’t be such a caveman. (Right now) if I want to live in Paris for a year, what the f*ck? I can. I don’t have to arrange anything; I can just do it. If there is an actor or director I want to get obsessed with and study their films for the next 12 days, I can do that. The perfect person would be a Playmate who would enjoy that.”
Do people know you nowadays?
Quentin Tarantino: “I’m not a Hollywood outsider anymore. I know a lot of people. I like them. They like me. I think I’m a pretty good member of this community… I still do things my own way, but I didn’t go away either. I still kind of feel like I’m always trying to prove I belong here.”
Be sure to look into the full interview and see Django Unchained in theaters Dec. 25. And check back with SheKnows in the coming weeks as we’re working on an exclusive interview with the cast ourselves!