The U.S., of course. Who’s in charge of exorcising bad spirits? The Vatican, of course. What’s a demon? It’s like a monster. In fact, the world is full of them. In the first six episodes of the new series of “Django Unchained,” our hero will learn that, as he travels along the frontier of Django’s story, a man with no name has taken over his body and become something more monstrous than you might expect.
There was only one character who really captured my imagination in the first season of “Django Unchained,” and it was the character, a woman, played by Jamie Foxx who was obsessed with the supernatural. In Season 1, one of her rituals involves giving a white slave named Miss Janie a white woman as a slave bride, to make sure she has a “black” name upon her death. This is a terrible, heart-wrenching sacrifice for two reasons. Firstly, it proves that the white slave owner is deeply devoted to his “savage” son, and secondly, it makes her a symbol of African slavery and colonialism.
The most shocking thing about “Django Unchained” is that Foxx plays the role of a slave owner (not unlike this show’s heroine, who is a self-employed black slave). In the first season of the show, she was played by Patricia Arquette, a brilliant, beautiful and charismatic actress. That was a great performance, an excellent depiction of the character of the slave owner. It’s also a bit of a misnomer because, as much as it’s important to depict what’s really going on behind the scenes, it’s also important to show what’s really going on in that actor’s head!
On Saturday, Foxx sat down with me for an interview for the first episode of “Django Unchained.” I wanted to take a crack at explaining exactly what the role of the white slave owner is in the story. I started by asking about the symbolism of the title character, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, because it’s a pretty great homage to the slave owner, Donnie Brasco (played by John Slattery). Here’s what I said:
Foxx: When I was growing up, there were a lot more white owners of slaves. In fact, as a young kid I loved “Blazing Saddles” so much, and I really enjoyed watching that black owner—I mean, really like to
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