Jamie Foxx explains how he helped Leonardo DiCaprio use racial slur in Django Unchained
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Jamie Foxx had to help Leonardo DiCaprio say the racial slurs in his lines for Django Unchained, the actor has revealed.
Foxx explained that DiCaprio was having some problems saying the n-word, which was a bit of an issue considering it was said over 100 times in Django Unchained.
DiCaprio's character, the monstrously racist slave plantation owner Calvin Candie, says it quite a few times and with plenty of venom too, so if the actor can't say the line properly the whole thing falls apart.
It was one of the first times in his career DiCaprio had been playing a villain and said his character was one of 'the most narcissistic, self-indulgent, racist, most despicable' he'd ever seen.
Having a bit of trouble on his first day on set, his co-stars could see he was having some issues saying his lines considering they were laden with racial slurs.
Foxx decided to sort the problem out himself by having a word with his co-star, with some expletive laden help from the legendary Samuel L Jackson himself.
He explained: "Leonardo DiCaprio had a problem saying the word n****r. 'Pal, pal, it's just it's tough for me to say this'.
"And I remember Samuel L Jackson saying 'get over it motherf****r', this is just another Tuesday motherf****r. I don't give a f**k about these motherf*****s. Look at what you look like, who I am, f**k, f**k.'"
"It was like, I said 'yeah Leo we're not friends', I said 'this is just another Thursday'."
The actor really pushed the point home by telling DiCaprio exactly what his character would be thinking, saying: "This is your property. These aren't humans, these are property."
It seems to have worked because Foxx said when DiCaprio came onto set the next day he tried saying hello to his co-star and said Leo 'doesn't speak' a single word to him.
In the end everything came together perfectly, with DiCaprio putting in a brilliant performance as the horribly racist plantation owner which made it all the more satisfying when he got killed by Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and Django (Foxx) blew up his house, destroying everything he owned.
DiCaprio ended up giving an incredibly dedicated performance, with one of the most memorable moments in the movie being when he cut his hand open while performing and kept on going.
That bloody take made it into the final cut of the movie, with DiCaprio saying the cast and crew were shocked that he kept going and factored it into his performance.
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Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L Jackson