When diCaprio read the part of Calvin Candie, owner of the plantation Candieland, the concept of the role -- which Tarantino had envisioned for an older actor -- changed considerably:
"His daddy's daddy's daddy started a cotton business and his daddy's daddy continued it and made it profitable, and his daddy made it even more profitable. Now, he's the fourth Candie in line to take over the cotton business and he's bored with it," the director said. "He doesn't care about cotton: that's why he's into the Mandingo fighters. But he's the petulant boy prince. He's Louis XIV in Versailles.
"So I wanted to really play with that idea, of King Louis XIV, but in the South . . . a fiefdom. He has the power of a king; he can execute people, or do whatever he wants."
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A second trailer has now arrived for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The first trailer introduced the story - a freed slave (Foxx) teams up with a bounty hunter (Waltz) to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a sadistic plantation owner (DiCaprio). This new trailer does much of the same, but highlights more of the action and shows a few comedic moments.
One of those moments includes our first look at Jonah Hill, whose character comes ill-prepared for a gathering of a racist group.
We also get to see more of DiCaprio's slave owner Calvin Candie, and Samuel L. Jackson as his loyal slave Stephen.
"Django Unchained" arrives in theaters on Christmas Day.
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