Jamie Foxx: 'Django' Is Fly and Educational

The film's star says he channeled New Jack City's gangster Nino Brown in the slave-hero epic.

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I want to be Nino Brown. I went as Nino Brown for my 40th birthday. I had never been affected by a performance, ever. I didn't watch Mandingo. What I didn't want to do was have the old school [influence me]. I wanted this to be new school -- even in my speech, [which] would go in and out when I wanted to speak a certain way. And when I wanted to speak more current, I would switch it up here and there. I didn't want this legacy left where I was [saying], "Aw, Lord Jesus ... " I wanted this s--t to be fly.

Brett Johnson is The Root's associate editor.

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