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One big revelation made at the Django Unchained premiere in New York City on Tuesday night: Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx gave each other new middle names while on the set of the slave-Western mashup epic.
Now, both the director and his star have “Motherf—ing” right in the middle of their names.
Tarantino and Foxx embraced in front of a packed house at the Ziegfeld Theater, with an industry audience standing in applause even before their film began. The director introduced his entire cast, including co-stars Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio, before the nearly three-hour film made its world debut in an event sponsored by THR and Samsung.
One of Tarantino’s most jarring pictures, the stark depictions of slavery in the film — a spaghetti Western set two years before the Civil War — and graphic violence drew gasps from the crowd, alternating rapid-fire with massive laughter at the director’s fast-paced and idiosyncratic dialogue.
Following the screening — and the subsequent standing ovation — the event moved downtown to the Biergarten at the Standard Hotel. A setting that recalled Tarantino’s last film, Inglourious Basterds, the German-themed restaurant was packed elbow-to-elbow with stars, New York City power players and lucky onlookers.
Waltz, who plays a bounty hunter, hadn’t seen the movie before the premiere, and was in a bit of state of shock as he spoke to people around his table in the VIP section.
“Now I’m numb,” Waltz told THR at the afterparty. “I didn’t think anything. I just watched it. Quentin’s movies, anyway, you have to watch them several times, and the more often you see them, the better you like them.”
To wit: He’s seen Inglourious Basterds, for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, eight or nine times.
Waltz was joined by co-stars such as Foxx and Dennis Christopher, who rained praise on his director.
“He keeps it f—ing joyous,” he said of Tarantino. “Because you know why? He loves every second of what he’s doing. And there’s no getting away with that. And that’s the most fertile ground for creativity ever.”
As stars such as Cameron Diaz, Liv Tyler, Diddy (whose clothing line, Sean John, Foxx said he wore on set, to remind him of the success of black entrepreneurs a century after slavery ended) and Oscar Isaac mingled, enjoying burgers and tall beers, the room buzzed about the film’s Oscar potential. But Tarantino and his cast seemed content just to enjoy the evening, which was made clear when Foxx took hold of the microphone at the DJ booth.
Employing his other great talent, Foxx crooned and rapped while praising his castmates, and wouldn’t let Tarantino — or, as he called him, Quentin Motherf—ing Tarantino — off the hook until he came up and joined him for a quick few words. As everyone in the room knew, Tarantino had more than a few of those to spare.
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