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A Django Cast

A Django Cast

Django Cast:

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One of the things we do as part of our work as developers of a new Django app, Django Cast, is create live weekly casts on Youtube that help installers and users learn about and use the app. Just take a look at the cast below to see what we're doing and how you can use it in your own project.

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Jamie Foxx is an actor, singer, songwriter, record producer and comedian. He won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the film Ray. Foxx started his career as a stand-up comic, and became a cast member of In Living Color in 1991 before working in his first film Toys in 1992. Foxx is also a musician who has released his own albums, in addition to being featured on songs by artists like Kanye West and Ludacris.

Still uncast–with Will Smith far from a sure thing–is Django, the slave freed and trained as a bounty hunter by sophisticated German Christolph Waltz (who won a supporting actor Oscar as Landa). He is appalled by the racist ways of the antebellum South, and helps to prepare Django to face Candie so that he can rescue his wife, Broomhilda. Tarantino regular Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) plays Candie’s right hand man/head house slave. UPDATE: Inglourious Basterds star Michael Fassbender’s revelatory tweet that he’s been cast in an unidentified role has been debunked, as it’s not a verified Fassbender Twitter account. (Source: www.indiewire.com)

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Adam Serwer from Mother Jones said, "Django, like many Tarantino films, also has been criticized as cartoonishly violent, but it is only so when Django is killing slave owners and overseers. The violence against slaves is always appropriately terrifying. This, if nothing else, puts Django in the running for Tarantino's best film, the first one in which he discovers violence as horror rather than just spectacle. When Schultz turns his head away from a slave being torn apart by dogs, Django explains to Calvin Candie—the plantation owner played by Leo DiCaprio—that Schultz just isn't used to Americans."

Actor and activist Jesse Williams has contrasted accuracy of the racist language used in the film with what he sees as the film's lack of accuracy about the general lives of slaves, too often portrayed as "well-dressed Negresses in flowing gowns, frolicking on swings and enjoying leisurely strolls through the grounds, as if the setting is Versailles, mixed in with occasional acts of barbarism against slaves ... That authenticity card that Tarantino uses to buy all those 'niggers' has an awfully selective memory." (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

 

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