It was recently reported that Kevin Costner was dropping out of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming revenge Western about slaves and slave owners, Django Unchained. Costner was supposed to play a mean old snake named Ace Woody who oversees a plantation and keeps the slaves in line using not so nice methods. It seemed like a great opportunity to give Costner a meatier, or at least more interesting role than he has had in a while, and I was pretty disappointed to hear that he wouldn’t be able to work with Tarantino.
Sometimes I’m astounded at how fickle I can be.
Suddenly the idea of Costner playing a Tarantino villain couldn’t be further from my mind, because THR is now reporting that Kurt Russell is likely to be the man who steps in and takes the role of Woody. This is awesome for about a million reasons, but I’ll give you two. First off, this is Kurt Russell, he’s like the God of manly movies. The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Tango & Cash, Tombstone, the list could go on and on. Seeing him acting grizzled in another Western is going to be awesome. Secondly, I thought that Tarantino’s Death Proof was the one big misstep of his career. That movie was annoying and boring and it just went on forever. But the one big bright shining center of it was Kurt Russell playing a Tarantino creation. He nailed it, Stuntman Mike was amazing, even when surrounded by unfortunate actresses trying their best to believably stumble their way through wordy Tarantino dialogue. I’m going to give Quentin a pass on that one though. Hopefully Russell’s talks with the Django People go quickly and smoothly, and we can transition him right into this role. I’m dying to see Russell act in a Tarantino movie that I really love.