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Samuel L. Jackson talks about his Django Unchained character

In the current issue of Total Film magazine (out now, and available for just £1.99 on your iPad (opens in new tab) ), Samuel L. Jackson makes for one tough subject in The Total Film Interview.

As he’s officially the biggest box-office star of all time (with $9bn in worldwide box-office receipts to his name), we had plenty to grill him on, and here’s an sneaky excerpt of what he had to say about Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained :

What’s his [ Jackson’s character, Stephen ] relationship with Django?

“None. He hates him. They don’t like each other. They have a very contentious relationship. Partly because Django’s free, and partly because it’s black-on-black crime. That’s all it is.

“I see him and I don’t like him. He sees me and he doesn’t like me. I have a lot of power. I’ll say that. I’m a slave with a lot of power, which is not a good combination.”

You’re the slave of Leonardo DiCaprio’s plantation owner, Calvin Candie. Is Candie a badass?

“Not really. Calvin Candie runs a pretty interesting plantation that’s the biggest cotton plantation in Mississippi. I essentially run the plantation.

“I’m his eyes and ears when he’s not around, or even when he is around, because his major concern is Mandingo fighting. He raises fighters; guys who kill each other.”

Django Unchained opens in the UK on 28 January 2013, after opening in the US on 25 December 2012.

For much more from Samuel L. Jackson, grab yourself a copy of Total Film magazine issue 201 - out now!

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