Quentin Tarantino is hard at work creating his next awesome sounding film project Django Unchained, but a couple more actors have dropped out of the project. Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell have both dropped out of the Southern-set western, and according to reports, Russell's exit has some drama around it.
Baron Cohen announced his departure on Howard Stern saying he had to drop out because his commitments to the press circuit for his new comedy The Dictator simply made it impossible for him to find time to shoot his cameo sized role. I think we can all understand that, but there might be something more to it.
Russell was supposed to be playing and character named Ace Woody, a slave trainer in the story. He actually replaced Kevin Costner, who he turned down the role. Now rumor has it Russell just walked off the set never to return, and Tarantino has just completely cut the character out of the film. According to a source on the IMDb forums, here's the reason...
Kurt Russell walked off the set. Apparently Kurt was unhappy with his role saying it wasnt Western enough. His buddy says his role is getting cut, and hes part of the reason Sacha Baron Cohen is leaving.
This is all just a rumor for now, but I imagine we'll get some kind of official reason of what happened soon. Variety confirmed that Russell has exited the film, though. Actors have big egos, and I'm familiar with several crazy stories like this, so it wouldn't surprise me if this all turned out to be true.
What do you think about all this Unchained drama?
Here's the Synopsis:
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
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