“I’m a little bit of a wuss,” said Elettra Wiedemann at last night’s Cinema Society, Hollywood Reporter, and Samsung Galaxy-hosted screening of Quentin Tarantino and the Weinstein Company’s new film Django Unchained. “So I feel like watching Tarantino films gives me my street cred.” If it’s street cred she was after, there was plenty of it to be had at the New York debut of the director’s gory new flick. The likes of Olivia Wilde, Uma Thurman, Sean Combs, and John Legend (who contributed to the film’s soundtrack) joined the cast and Tarantino to preview his latest project. Despite nearly getting trampled by an overzealous Leonardo DiCaprio stampede on the red carpet, Patti Smith described the movie as “awesome.”
We won’t give away the plot of the film, which follows a former slave (Jamie Foxx) and his bounty-hunting mentor (Christoph Waltz), but we will tell you that the movie sees Mr. DiCaprio take on his most villainous role to date—a ruthless slave owner named Calvin Candie. “I don’t always play a nice guy,” said the actor before heading into the screening, “but this character is probably the most disreputable, horrendous, narcissistic bastard I’ve ever read in my entire life. And when Quentin Tarantino gives you an opportunity to play something like that, you have to take it. He writes the best villains ever,” he added.
Despite the film’s heavy subject matter, the cast, Samuel L. Jackson reported, had a grand old time while filming in Louisiana. “We were always dancing and singing! We had a lot more fun than we thought we would.”
There was no shortage of fun at the after-party in the Standard Hotel’s Biergarten. “I loved Quentin’s imagery and the exaggeration. And the funny parts,” said Ellen von Unwerth, who knows a little something about using a camera herself. “Not so crazy about the violence, but that’s part of his thing, too. Half the time I was covering my eyes. And ears,” she admitted. “I thought it was perfect,” said Cameron Diaz. “I think you go to a Quentin Tarantino movie to be surprised. And we didn’t get anything less.”