Quentin Tarantino Had a 'Really Strange' Relationship With Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Django Unchained' Villain
Some of the most memorable cinematic characters were developed by Quentin Tarantino. He is well-versed in cinema and has a plethora of references. He does, however, construct engaging people and powerful speech for them to talk. This enables his performers to represent their roles in intriguing ways that may earn them accolades. Tarantino has previously claimed to having a strange relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio's Django Unchained character.
Over the course of his career, Tarantino has developed some truly terrible villains. Nonetheless, he frequently manages to make them charismatic and fascinating. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) from Inglourious Basterds is a standout. The Nazi commander is an opponent for obvious reasons, but Tarantino's writing and Waltz's performance elevate him to the status of perhaps Tarantino's best villain.
From Stuntman Mike in Death Proof to The Deadly Vipers in Kill Bill, each character adds a fascinating element to their own films. Many of these have even made their way into Internet culture as memes. Tarantino's villains have become ingrained in popular culture in a way that is utterly rewarding.
Quentin Tarantino admits to having a "very strange" relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio's villain, Calvin Candie.
Tarantino was interviewed on the ReelBlend podcast about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He did, however, mention his other filmography. The filmmaker discussed some more technical aspects of filmmaking while also delving into character development.
"I had a strange relationship with the character he played, Calvin Candie," Tarantino explained. "Because I've always had pity for all of my villains, every single villain I've ever made." To some extent, I've always liked. Hans Landa, too. I could understand his point of view. I'm fond of him. It was bad, but I got it. Christoph endears himself to him."
DiCaprio's Calvin Candie role in Django Unchained, on the other hand, was unique. Tarantino just couldn't connect with the character. He wrote him, but he despised him. Tarantino was able to identify something exceptional in Hans, but couldn't find anything to latch onto in Calvin.
"Calvin Candie was distinct from the rest of them," Tarantino added. I had a strong dislike for the character. I despised him vehemently. It felt strange to write a character I despised and still feel that way about the character. As a result, I believed he was a mediocre character."
DiCaprio was drawn to the role in a way that Tarantino was not. As a result, the filmmaker believed he was duping him in some way.
"I thought I was kind of buffaloing him a little bit when Leo was really into it," Tarantino said to ReelBlend. "I thought to myself, 'This character isn't as good as he thinks he is.'" I'm not going to correct him! (Laughs). "I'm thinking to myself, 'He ain't all that.'"
"To me, he was without ambiguity, which makes him a lesser character," Tarantino concluded. But we did an excellent job of filling in the blanks. And Leo added some mystery to the piece."
Many admirers felt DiCaprio should have been nominated for an Oscar for his outstanding performance. Waltz went on to win the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.