Jackson on despicable 'Django' role

Samuel L. Jackson (Handout)

Samuel L. Jackson (Handout)

Bruce Kirkland, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:25 PM ET

Samuel L. Jackson, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's close friend and muse, knew that Tarantino had written a hybrid Old South/ Old West epic called Django Unchained. He also knew there was a part for him, a man named Stephen, a house slave in the Antebellum south.

"I complained about being 15 years too old to be Django -- I was done with that," the 64-year-old Jackson says with mock bitterness about playing the film's action hero. That role went instead to Jamie Foxx, a Texan who is actually 19 years younger than Jackson, a northerner from Washington, D.C. Their film is now a smash and looks to surpass Inglorious Basterds as Tarantino's highest-grossing film.

 


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