A blaxploitation film about a subject as painful as slavery is bound to ruffle feathers, but that’s never stopped director Quentin Tarantino, or his A-list cast. Django Unchained stars Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio cover the December/January issue of VIBE, looking ready to pack a one-two punch at the box office. In the issue, they open up about the controversial flick and its cringeworthy theme. After all, Leonardo is playing a slavemaster and Kerry spends most of the film in chains. Jamie compares it to the need for Holocaust films— it’s important that we always remember.
Kerry opened up about a medieval mask she wears in the flick:
I remember there was this one moment in the script where Jamie’s character was put in an awful crazy medieval metal mask. I said, “That’s some sick thing Quentin thought up.” And when I went to the production office to meet about my wardrobe, I saw into the research office. Twenty photos of real masks like that. It made me sad….I didn’t even know that they wore masks like that, that people did that to us. It took a Tarantino movie for me to know that that’s not some crazy thing out of his imagination. That’s how it went down.
Check out the issue when it hits newsstands December 11. Django Unchained is in theaters on Christmas Day.
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