By Ryan Buxton, EnStarz | Oct 17, 2012 01:12 PM EDT
One of the most buzzed-about upcoming films this Oscar season is the latest from director Quentin Tarantino, a spaghetti western about a bounty hunter during the era of slavery called "Django Unchained."
Though Tarantino is known equally for his quirky take on stories as for his often grotesquely violent scenes, "Django Unchained" star Jamie Foxx told The Los Angeles Times that the film has a visceral depiction of slavery that ranks among the best in cinema.
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The 44-year-old actor, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Ray Charles in 2004's "Ray," said Tarantino's zany filmmaking style doesn't take a light approach on slavery and its role in American history.
"This is the truest depiction of slavery [on screen], in terms of how tough and brutal it was," Foxx said. "When you see the movie you'll automatically go back to the time and the way slaves were treated."
Foxx believes the film will actually make a difference in the perception of slavery among American people.
"It's really going to make people look at the time in a different way," he said.
At the core of "Django Unchained" is the relationship between Django, played by Foxx, and the woman he loves, who has been captured by a powerful Southern slave owner. Foxx said putting the relationship at the forefront is what sets Tarantino's film apart from other slave tales like "Roots" or "Amistad."
"The only thing Django really wants to do is love his woman, and that's what makes our story different than any old slavery movie," Foxx said. "We deal with the political, but he's not trying to cure slavery. He just wants to ride into the sunset with his woman."
The film offers an all-star cast in addition to Fox. Other big names to be found in "Django" include Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington.
"Django Unchained" is set to hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.
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