"Django Unchained" has five Golden Globe nominations (best picture, two best supporting actor nods, best director and screenplay) but the film continues to deal with some controversy thanks to its prolific use of a racial slur.
Film critic Jake Hamilton sat down with Samuel L. Jackson, who has a leading role in "Django," and attempted to broach the subject without actually using the N-word. "There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the usage of the N-word in this movie," Hamilton asked. Jackson stopped him right there. "No? Nobody? None? ... We're not going to have this conversation unless you say it," he said to Hamilton, who ultimately refused.
The exchange comes during this lengthy interview video which also features director Quentin Tarantino and cast members Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Christoph Waltz. Fast forward to the 13:55 mark for Jackson.
It's an interesting approach to not talking about something everyone is talking about. (Gawker originally pointed out the Hamilton/Jackson interview; for a recap of the controversy itself, check out this piece by Slate).
Ultimately, the language and Tarantino's raw approach to the film is not having a negative effect on the film's performance at the box office. "Django Unchained" has made more than $68 million since opening Dec. 25. During opening weekend itself, "Django" made $30 million and took the No. 2 spot. "The Hobbit" barely edged it out for No. 1 ($31 million), and "Les Miserables" was No. 3, with $27 million.