Quentin Tarantino says Kanye “Ye” West’s claims of coming up with the idea for “Django Unchained” are untrue.
Despite his recent backlash, Kanye “Ye” West is well-known for being a man with many great ideas. But Tarantino says his hit 2012 film “Django Unchained” wasn’t one of them. During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this past Thursday, Tarantino cleared the air about the rumor.
“Kanye West said that he came up with the idea for ‘Django Unchained.’ He said that when he was making the ‘Gold Digger’ video with Jamie Foxx, he pitched it to you guys as a video and then you made it – is there any truth to that?” asked Kimmel.
Tarantino responded: “There’s not truth to the idea that Kanye West came up with the idea of ‘Django’ and then he told that to me, and I go, ‘Hey, wow, that’s a really great idea. Let me take Kanye’s idea and make ‘Django Unchained’ out of it.’ That didn’t happen.”
He says the idea for Django came long before he ever knew West.
“He wanted to do a giant movie version of ‘The College Dropout’ the way he did the album. So, he wanted to get big directors to do different tracks from the album and then release it as this giant movie – not video, nothing as crass as videos, it was movies, movies based on each of the different tracks,” said Tarantino.
“We used it as an excuse to meet each other and and so we met each other we had a really good time. And he did have an idea for a video. I do think it was for the ‘Gold Digger’ video, that he would be a slave. And the whole thing was the slave narrative where he’s a slave and he’s singing ‘Gold Digger.’ And it was very funny. It was a really, really funny idea,” he went on.
Kimmel chimed in, saying: “It was a funny slave video, I mean…”
“It was meant to be ironic. And it’s like a huge musical. I mean, like no expenses spared with him in this slave rag outfit, doing everything. And then that was also part of the part of the pushback on it. But I wish he had done it. It sounded really cool. Anyway, that’s what he’s referring to.”
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