In casting his spaghetti-and-slaves Western Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino continues to comb through the “Leonine Mullet” section of his Rolodex (holding on to a Rolodex being just one of Tarantino’s many retro affectations), most recently adding Don Johnson to Leonardo DiCaprio’s sadistic plantation staff to work alongside Kurt Russell. While the Variety report doesn’t specify the role that Johnson is meant to play, presumably he will be an evil white guy who eventually gets what’s coming to him. Anyway, the most interesting aspect of this casting is that Tarantino apparently spent “several months” courting Johnson—as Tarantino is a big Miami Vice fan, and also, you just know he has some sort of impassioned exegesis of Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man—but Johnson reportedly turned him down over and over again, all because he “didn’t feel it was for him.” Yes, Johnson was like, “I don’t know, Quentin Tarantino, I feel as though I’m really laying the groundwork for something here with A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star, and I’d hate to do anything that might sully the goodwill those films have engendered.” But finally, he agreed to take a chance. Hopefully it works out for him.
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