'Django' director laughs off exhibition glitch at premiere
Harvey Weinstein introduced Quentin Tarantino at the Dec. 12 preem of the Weinstein Co.’s “Django Unchained,” calling the helmer “a brother, a son and a great friend.” Then he passed the mic to an energetic Tarantino.
“You guys ready to get unchained?” Tarantino yelled out to the Ziegfeld Theater first-nighters, who cheered and didn’t stop cheering until the credits rolled.
Some things haven’t changed since 1992 when Tarantino unspooled his first pic — like his affinity for 35mm film. But upon telling the aud about a slight problem with the evening’s projection bulb, he reflected that 20 years ago, “I would’ve fucking flipped out and had a fucking attack on somebody!”
At the Standard Hotel’s Biergarten afterparty, Samuel L. Jackson mused about working with Tarantino again, recalling how he was sent the script and the two of them discussed his character.
“Love the story,” Jackson said. “Wish I was 15 years younger, I could play Django, but I don’t mind being the most hated Negro in cinematic history. I can do that.”