In addition to his storylines, pop culture references, stylized films and brilliant scripts, a huge reason why Quentin Tarantino’s films are adored is because of his characters. He writes intriguing, unhinged, heroic, evil, hilarious and ever so strange characters, and always finds the best actors to play these roles. In celebration of the release The Hateful Eight, today we are counting down his top 10 characters. To whittle down the list, these will be from the eight films he has written and directed: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.
10. Calvin Candie (Django Unchained)
Kicking things off at number 10 is the antagonist from Django Unchained, plantation owner Calvin Candie who is masterfully portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. Candie does not appear until halfway through the film, but the entire focus and tone shifts as soon as we are introduced to his despicable yet charming character. He forces slaves to fight to the death, sets dogs on them and locks them in boxes in the heat, and Tarantino himself has stated that Calvin Candie is the most unlikeable character that he has ever created. He is, however, completely enthralling and a few scenes are unbearably tense due to this unhinged and evil yet eloquent plantation owner. Although Jamie Foxx is the titular character, it is “Monsieur Candie” (who doesn’t speak French) and Dr. King Schultz (more to come) who steal the show. This was DiCaprio’s first villainous role, and he excelled as the horrifying Calvin Candie.http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/npr/168193823/tarantino-on-django-violence-and-catharsis Source: Northcountrypublicradio.org