Tarantino's latest hits turbulence

Quentin Tarantino’s latest project, Django Unchained, has hit a few more obstacles as shooting continues in New Orleans. Two cast members, Sacha Baron-Cohen and Kurt Russell have left the production.

Baron-Cohen is still tied up with promotional duties for The Dictator – indeed he seems to be enjoying them so much that the promotional stunts are in danger of overshadowing the actual film. He only had a small role in Django Unchained, playing a gambler.

Russell, who worked with Tarantino on Death Proof, has also pulled out. Russell had a key role in the film, playing a villain named Ace Woody who trains slaves to fight each other for public spectacles.

Django Unchained, with a garish plot that plays to Tarantino’s flashier inclinations, has had a troubled genesis. Kevin Costner hah already pulled out of the role of Ace Woody, and much of the plot was leaked on an internet fansite.

The leak inspired Tarantino to release his own detailed synopsis of the film, which concerns a plantation called Candyland overseen by the chief baddie played by Leonardo Di Caprio. A freed slave, played by Jamie Foxx, heads back to the plantation to rescue his wife and seek revenge.

The film is an ambitious project that Tarantino hopes will bring his career back into the Hollywood forefront. Initially adored by the critics for Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, his subsequent films have failed to match that early impact. His last film, Inglourious Basterds, was coolly received, and not just for the eccentric spelling.

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