Leonardo DiCaprio gave such an intense performance while shooting the latest Quentin Tarantino movie that he crushed a crystal glass and required stitches.
DiCaprio and Tarantino have teamed up for the first time on Django Unchained, a Western set in the American South during the 1800s. DiCaprio is tipped for a Best Supporting Actor nomination at next year’s Oscars for his performance as Calvin Candie, a plantation owner who is both ruthless and charming.
Discussing the character with Variety, producer Stacy Sher said: “Quentin has this great tradition of villains in his films and Calvin Candie is one of the most vibrant he’s ever created. Leonardo didn’t shy away from playing all of the different facets of a truly horrible human being.”
Sher also revealed that “their collaboration raised the stakes and made for an exciting atmosphere on set”, a situation which reached fever pitch during one particular scene. She recalled: “Leo had slammed his hand on the table countless times and he moved his hand further and he crushed a crystal cordial glass. Blood was dripping down his hand. He never broke character. He kept going. He was in such a zone. It was very intense. He required stitches.”
That bloody take has been used in the final film, which is due for release on December 25 in the US and on January 18, 2013 in the UK. Alongside DiCaprio, Django Unchained also stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Tarantino regular Samuel L Jackson. You can watch the trailer below.