‘Django Unchained’ Loses Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen

Quentin Tarantino needs to fill two small but important roles to continue filming for his Christmas 2012 release date.

Sacha Baron Cohen drops out of Django Unchained
Sacha Baron Cohen drops out of Django Unchained
Django Unchained is currently in production, aiming for a Christmas 2012 release date, but the film hit a snag this past week, as director Quentin Tarantino has lost both Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Sacha Baron Cohen announced his departure on Howard Stern, where the comedian made a rare interview appearance out of character. He was set to take on the small but important role of Scotty, a weak man whose father purchases a female slave for him. That slave is Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), Django's (Jamie Foxx) wife, whom he spends the entire movie trying to save. Cohen had to bail on the role because of his promotional schedule for The Dictator.

No reason was given for Kurt Russell's sudden departure. He was set to play Ace Woody, a sadistic cohort of Leonardo DiCaprio's Calvin Candy, who trains slaves to fight each other to the death. There are rumors that Kurt Russell left because he felt the film wasn't "Western enough". There is also a rumor that the role will not be filled, but cut out of the film all together. Of course, neither of these rumors has been confirmed at this time.

Both actors were replacements themselves. Kevin Costner was originally set to play Ace, but dropped out before production began because of his shooting schedule. Jonah Hill was originally cast as Scotty, but sighted scheduling issues for his bail out as well. Some believe that these two roles are simply far too controversial, and that it's proving hard to find actors committed to preserving what is in the screenplay.

Might we suggest Harvey Keitel for Ace Woody? How about DJ Qualls as Scotty. Both sound like perfect casting to us. What do you think? Who should Quentin Tarantino look to in this last minute of need?

Django Unchained was released December 25th, 2012 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Amber Tamblyn, Zoe Bell. The film is directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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  1. kingbrady

    @superman81 lmao couldnt be more right, if i was Tarentino i wouldve told him he's a f*cking moron. British Jew pretends to be more middle eastern/eastern european/black than anything. So many people are surprised to hear his accent when speaking properly. I think his role in Sweeney Todd was better than Borat, Dictator or Bruno

    3 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  2. Superman81

    @kingbrady exactly! his movie comes out in two weeks and he cant film a small part after the movie is released? he acts like he is promoting a major blockbuster this summer

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  3. kingbrady

    Sacha Baren Cohen is a moron, funny but ridiculously a moron in his own characters but in someone else character he isnt that bad, he wants to promote his movie the Dictator? it be lucky to make $75 million in the US

    3 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  4. SherlockHolmes2009

    @thedude-abides Exactly, when I heard of what the role was, I automatically thought of Madsen and it would be perfect to reunite with Tarantino

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  5. CBF

    Get those sh*tty actors outta here.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Get Clint Eastwood. I'm sure he's not doing anything at the moment

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. Cripple

    Mel Gibson as Ace Woody.

    3 years agoby @crippleFlag

  8. CelluloidDreams


    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  9. Joker926


    I thought they would have been terrific in the film. :(

    3 years agoby @joker926Flag

  10. Cheetoboy

    Oh I know someone else who might be a good Ace Woody, Thomas Jane or maybe Ray Liotta.

    3 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  11. darkdream

    Brain Geraghty, Jesse Bradford or Peter Sarsgaard would be great choices for scotty and Ray Winstone, Brendan Gleeson or Chris Cooper would be perfect for ace woody

    3 years agoby @darkdreamFlag

  12. Mr_Jellyfish

    I know it's dumb to pass judgement before seeing a film, but Django Unchained is not looking good to me. I liked Pulp Fiction and think Tarantino can do great things, but Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds and that driving one have taken their toll. They've all just been parodies of genre movies, intriguing scenes spoiled by pop culture gags and self indulgence, and Django Unchained sounds like it's going to be the same. I hope Tarantino is actually trying to make a real Western and not a joke Western.

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  13. Space101

    WTF happend!?!?! Cohen leaves for the Dictator promo's? If he had a small role, he should be taken too long to film his parts!?!?! As for Kurt Russel, he should be sticking around for that role since who knows when he'll get another good part in a good movie?? They do what they have to do, but I'm disappointed that these actors are out...

    3 years agoby @space101Flag

  14. RocknRolla

    Depending on the age of Scotty then Steve Buscemi is also somebody else that I wouldn't mind seeing in the role. Again not a big stretch to get him seems how he's worked with Tarantino a number of times now.

    3 years agoby @rocknrollaFlag

  15. thedude-abides

    @SherlockHolmes2009 Agreed. And yeah, Madsen would be awesome as Woody, lol.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  16. SherlockHolmes2009

    @thedude-abides I agree, thats one of the best qualities of Leo. Also the roles arent controversial, they can easily be replaced like they said with like Harvy Keitel or Michael Madsen, I can see Keitel as Scotty and Madsen as Ace Woody, what Madsen did in Reservoir Dogs makes him a great candidate to fill in for Ace

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  17. ejk1

    I couldn't care less who's acting. Tarantino is always the true star of the films he directs.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  18. RocknRolla

    They could always go with Michael Madsen or John Travolta for the role of Ace as they have worked with Tarantino before. As for the role of Scotty I'd go with Jay Baruchel.

    3 years agoby @rocknrollaFlag

  19. Cheetoboy

    Didn't mean to put that twice, a technological error, but while I'm talking I do agree with the Harvey Keitel idea as well.

    3 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  20. Cheetoboy

    Quentin should check and see if Robert Deniro is available for the Ace Woody role, and for the Scotty role it should be another comedian actor, I think Michael Cera or Jesse Eisenberg would do. On the main role as much as I like Jamie Foxx, I still think Will Smith would have been cooler.

    3 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  21. Cheetoboy

    Quentin should check and see if Robert Deniro is available for the Ace Woody role, and for the Scotty role it should be another comedian actor, I think Michael Cera or Jesse Eisenberg would do. On the main role as much as I like Jamie Foxx, I still think Will Smith would have been cooler.

    3 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  22. thedude-abides

    So, Adam Sandler leaves Inglourious Basterds to do Funny People, Kevin Costner leaves Django for Superman, Sacha Baron Cohen drops out because of The Dictator, and Will Smith and Idris Elba decline the role to take on Another Earth and Pacific Rim, respectively.

    Meanwhile, Leonardo Dicaprio has been dying for the opportunity to star in a Quentin Tarantino movie for years. It's good to know somebody goes about picking his roles without his head up his ass.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  23. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Sheehs, give me the role. I'll do it gladly

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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