A famous scene from Django Unchained was almost cut, according to Tarantino – teller report

In a podcast organized by Empire magazine with Edgar Wright and Quentin Tarantino, the latter reveals having almost cut a tasty scene from his film “Django Unchained”, before changing his mind.

A famous scene from django unchained was almost cut, according to tarantino - teller report
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It’s kind of the kind of anecdote that we are always happy to learn, even nine years after the film’s release. In one podcast organized by Empire magazine with Edgar Wright and Quentin Tarantino, the latter reveals that a famous scene from his film almost did not end up in the final cut of his Django Unchained.

Baptized “The Baghead Scene”, this is the scene where members of the Ku Klux Klan discuss for almost 5 minutes about their hoods poorly made from bags. In this sequence besides appeared, hooded, Quentin Tarantino, and Jonah Hill, the time of a cameo.

Below, the scene in question …

“It’s a scene that sparked general hilarity around the world. And it was everyone’s favorite scene in the script. Amy Pascal [NDR : la PDG de Sony Columbia à l’époque] wanted the movie to be made at Columbia in part because of that scene. It was one of those scenes that worked on paper, but I was starting to wonder if it would be that good on screen. Were we not going to lose in its transposition to the screen with a whole group of actors playing these roles? Because this sequence is not based on a role, but a whole group of individuals. And she comes at a twisted moment in the movie.

After filming it, Tarantino and his editor Fred Raskin felt in the editing room that it was working pretty well … until he showed it to someone. In this case a journalist, who came to do an interview: “after I had lunch with him, I said, ‘hey, do you want to see a scene? – Yes, of course, I’ll be delighted! “Same thing with a visit from a director or someone else who came to visit me. In the end, four people came to visit me for some reason. , and we showed them that scene every time. And we never got the reaction we wanted and should have elicited. They didn’t know and didn’t understand what they were watching. “

During the first screening of the film, intended for studio executives, Tarantino decided to leave this scene on the editing table. From there an annoyed reaction from Amy Pascal: “what the hell the fuck did you do with the bags on your head? where is she ???” I said, “Here is the deal. I wanted you to see the movie without the scene so you know we don’t need it. Now let’s put it back in the cut for the film market. Let’s see what will be. reactions, and from there we’ll advise, based on audience feedback. Because I wasn’t really confident that she was getting a great reception. Then we had the first screening, and the whole venue. burst out laughing for five minutes, just when it was needed. In the end, I was like, “Okay, I guess that scene will stay in the movie.”

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