*Writer-director Quentin Tarantino took home a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his slavery-set film “Django Unchained.” Minutes later, he stepped backstage and treated reporters to a piece of the screenplay that never made it to the big screen. [Scroll down to listen.]
Since its Christmas Day opening, some have criticized Tarantino for saturating his film with the n-word, a decision he argues accurately reflects the language used in the film’s time period. On Sunday, he said the uproar over the n-word has actually helped the film.
“All that criticism that came out, it ended up kind of being a good thing,” he told us. “Because one of the things that I wanted to do was to actually start a conversation about slavery, about America’s role in it, and to actually take an audience member from the 21st century and stick them in the Antebellum South and have a sense of what America was like back then.
“So even the people that have criticized the movie, and there’s a lot of people that don’t like it, and I can understand that, a lot of people do like it. And they’ve been kind of going back and forth. And that back and forth is really what I wanted at the end of the day for this movie. And I hope that even continues for the next few years.”
Below, Tarantino tells the story behind an Australian character introduced toward the end of “Django Unchained,” then, reenacts a related scene (sans n-word) that had to be cut from the film’s final edit.