I’d be pissed if actors left while I was making a movie, but that’s just me. Quentin Tarantino is filming Django Unchained in New Orleans as we speak, but things don’t seem to be going as well as they could be. Two of the production’s actors have left the set for unknown reasons.
Action movie legend Kurt Russell was slated to play henchman Ace Woody, one of the underlings to the crime lord played by Leonardo DiCaprio, reports AICN. Why exactly he left the movie is anybody’s guess, as he doesn’t have any other commitments at the moment. Reports from the set don’t indicate any disagreements with the director, so this is just a mystery. The part won’t be recast – instead, it’ll be combined with another henchman, Billy Crash, played by Justified‘s Walton Goggins.
The other dropout is The Dictator‘s Sacha Baron Cohen, which makes a little more sense. He’s kind of needed to promote his new comedy (which is receiving lukewarm buzz), so splitting his attention isn’t such a good idea. He was slated to play a fairly important plot character, though – a rich weirdo who buys a female slave for “companionship.” The role was originally intended for Jonah Hill, and it looks like Tarantino will need to do a quick recast to keep the film on schedule.