Tarantino Talks to Gates

The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., chats with the Django Unchained director about the n-word and a possible sequel.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty); Quentin Tarantino (Frederick M. Brown/Getty)
Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty); Quentin Tarantino (Frederick M. Brown/Getty)

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Read the interview in three parts:

When asked why he wanted to combine a slave narrative with a Western, Tarantino said this:

It’s two separate stories I’ve always wanted to tell. One, I’ve always wanted to tell a Western story. Two, I’ve always wanted to re-create cinematically that world of the antebellum South, of America under slavery, and just what a different place it was — an unfathomable place. To create an environment and again, not just have a historical story play out — they did this and they did that, and they did this and they did that — but actually make it a genre story. Make it an exciting adventure.

Tarantino Unchained Part 1: Django Trilogy?

Tarantino Unchained Part 2: On the N-Word.

Tarantino Unchained Part 3: White Saviors.

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