The Christmas movie season is just around the corner. And one of the most talked-about new films stars “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx as a murdering bounty hunter. It’s called “Django Unchained” and was directed by Quentin Tarantino and produced by Reggie Hudlin. It’s set in the years before the Civil War in the South when slavery was in full force.
Kerry Washington appeared on Washington Watch to discuss this new film and more.
MR. MARTIN: Welcome back.
We’ve just passed Thanksgiving, and the Christmas movie season is just around the corner. And one of the most talked-about new film[s] stars “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx as a murdering bounty hunter. It’s called “Django Unchained” and was directed by Quentin Tarantino and produced by Reggie Hudlin. It’s set in the years before the Civil War in the South when slavery was in full force.
Let’s take a look at the trailer, and we’ll talk to Kerry Washington on the other side.
[MOVIE TRAILER FOR “DJANGO UNCHAINED.”]
MR. MARTIN: Jamie Foxx. Quentin Tarantino is directing. Reggie Hudlin is producing. Tell our audience about what is –
MS. KERRY WASHINGTON: Yeah.
MR. MARTIN: — going to be the talk of the Christmas hollyda- — holiday movie season.
MS. WASHINGTON: [Chuckles.] Yes, I believe you’re talking about “Django Unchained” –
MR. MARTIN: Yes. Yes.
MS. WASHINGTON: — which is the new – [chuckles] – Tarantino film, and it is this – it is this wild romance western adventure set in the context of the antebellum South – in the pre-Civil War South. So, it is a western romance set within the context of slavery; and, you know, it’s a phenomenal film because the – the process of making this film was – was just a phenomenal experience –
MR. MARTIN: I mean Jamie Foxx –
MS. WASHINGTON: — because I –
MR. MARTIN: — playin’ a slave –
MS. WASHINGTON: — don’t think –
MR. MARTIN: — killin’ folks.
MS. WASHINGTON: — um-hum.
MR. MARTIN: [Chuckles.]
MS. WASHINGTON: That’s right. It is really about – it’s about a hero, you know. And I know sometimes we can get nervous about –
MR. MARTIN: Right.
MS. WASHINGTON: — telling stories about slavery, but the reason that I believed in – in my need to do this film was because it’s a hero story. Not only is it about a man who liberates himself out of slavery, but it’s about a man who does so at a time when he’s being told he’s not fully a human being.
So, you know, in slavery times, people weren’t allowed – I know you know this, Roland, but people were not allowed to get married because love between two black people would get in the way of the economics of slavery. So, you weren’t allowed to get married. That’s where we get the phrase “sold down the river” – is because if two black people got married and had children, those children could get taken from you at any moment and literally sold down the river to another plantation.
So, these two people – my character and Jamie’s character – they get married, and they so believe in their own humanity – even at a time when in the Constitution they’re considered three-fifths of a human being –
MR. MARTIN: Right.
MS. WASHINGTON: — they say no. They believe in their own humanity and in their value and in their marriage, that he goes into the depths of Hell to rescue me from another plantation that I’ve been sold to – that my character has been sold to.
And it just – it – it’s a phenomenal story about how love can overcome all of that, how love can overcome the true evil and violence and ugliness of the institution of slavery.
MR. MARTIN: Well, we ca- —
MS. WASHINGTON: It’s a phenomenal story.
MR. MARTIN: — well, we can’t wait for the film to come out, and we certainly look forward to it.
And, of course, folks, you definitely have to check her out in “Scandal” on ABC every Thursday, 10 a.m. [sic] Eastern. I’m sorry. 10 p.m. Eastern –
MS. WASHINGTON: [Chuckles.]
MR. MARTIN: — and so we watch the hash tag on Twitter –
MS. WASHINGTON: Yes.
MR. MARTIN: — called “gladiators.” We’ll be tweeting about it.
MS. WASHINGTON: Yes.
MR. MARTIN: — always love to chat with you –
MS. WASHINGTON: Thank you.