I'm not disagreeing with you. I'm just saying I'd rather have him casts whoever he wants than have a studio force him on it
Actually, I'm starting to wonder if the opposite is true. I wouldn't be surprised if the studio distributing it felt a bit nervous about the film. Schindler's List was a success despite the fact it was about the Holocaust, which is a pretty grim subject. But that film dealt with the subject with dignity. I'm not sure Tarantino does the same with slavery. I mean, this is Tarantino, with any topic he tackles there is a fair amount of gore to it. Without spoiling much, Django Unchained has scenes where men play cards and use the ears of dead slaves as chips, where slaves are driven like cattle, branded, humiliated, etc. Django's wife is shown to be raped several times, and spends a good amount of time being naked. Others are casually killed as if they were animals, and one character is ripped apart by dogs. Basically, whatever horrible act you can do to a black person is done in this script. What this leads me to wondering is, maybe the studio wants to fill this film with as many recognizable actors it can as a way of trying to get people interested in seeing this? A film about slavery, even if it's a film about revenge, might be a hard sell. Slavery isn't a subject the American public like to talk about much, and I'd suspect it's one they'd like to forget ever happened. This is a film that casts whites in the worst light possible. And the studio might fear blacks would be uncomfortable seeing such a violent history play out on screen.
By the way, is this supposed to come out next year or in 2013?
I think it's not coming out until Christmas of 2012.
Right because Brad Pitt, BJ Novak, Mike Myers, and Eli Roth are TOTALLY unknown.
I said he used "mostly unknowns". Even then, BJ Novak and Eli Roth weren't, and probably aren't, household names. No, I was talking about Waltz, and Laurent, Fassbender, Schweiger, and all of the German actors cast in smaller roles. In the cases of Waltz and Laurent, American viewers were unfamiliar with these actors.
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ALSO THAT IS CLEARLY A BAD THING
It's a bad thing if he's casting celebrity over talent. Imagine if Zach Snyder was buddies with John Stamos and told him that he could play the part of Bernard if he wanted to.
Cohen doesn't resemble in the slightest
The dude's a chameleon, he looks like a completely different man in every role he plays
I didn't just mean that literally, I mean the character is a young man barely in his twenties. I don't think this spoils much, but he's basically a homely looking man whose mother buys him a slave so that he can have a companion. Part of his youth and naivety plays a part in a critical scene involving DiCaprio's character. I suppose Tarantino will just make Cohen an ugly, awkward looking guy, but I don't know how well his scenes will play out compared to how they might have played out with a younger actor.