Sacha Baron Cohen chose ‘Les Misérables’ over Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’

A scheduling conflict prevented the 'Borat' star from appearing in both films

Sacha Baron Cohen has admitted that he chose to appear in Les Misérables over Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Baron Cohen plays a swindling innkeeper called Thénardier in the musical movie, joining an impressive cast including Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe. However, signing up for Les Misérables forced him to turn down an appearance alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Tarantino’s acclaimed Western film.

During an interview with Deadline, Baron Cohen admitted that a scheduling conflict prevented him from appearing in both films. He explained: “I was editing The Dictator and we were very close to release and Paramount wouldn’t push the date. And then I knew I’d have to jump straight from there into Les Mis and it basically became a choice of either pulling out of Les Mis or pulling out of Django. I’m sure Django is an incredible movie, but it was essentially one scene.”

When asked what his Django role would have been, Baron Cohen replied: “It was a character by the name of Scotty who Leonardo DiCaprio’s character plays a poker game with. The stakes become Scotty’s slave girl, Broomhilda.” According to Deadline, the Scotty character does not now feature in Django Unchained‘s final cut.

Les Misérables opens in UK cinemas on January 11, with Django Unchained following on January 18. Both films are expected to be shortlisted for Best Picture when this year’s Oscar nominations are announced on Thursday (January 10).