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Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen drop out of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

May. 10, 2012by: George Merchan

UPDATE: The role originally set for Kurt Russell has been "absorbed" by character actor Walton Coggins ("Justified" and "The Shield"). Coggins already had a role in DJANGO, but somehow, they're gonna make that work. No word on why Russell left the production, but according to AICN, "it was not a dramatic departure". No word on who (if anyone) will replace Sacha Baron Cohen's role yet.

Sucky news on the DJANGO UNCHAINED front today. It appears that both Kurt Russell (DEATH PROOF) and Sacha Baron Cohen (THE DICTATOR) will no longer be participating in Quentin Tarantino's much-anticipated next film.

The news on Cohen's departure came from Cohen himself while interviewed on The Howard Stern Show. Cohen was set to appear in the "cameo" role of 'Scotty Harmony' - a gambler who buys Django's wife Broomhilda as a female companion - but was forced to drop out because of THE DICTATOR's press tour.

Meanwhile, the word on Kurt Russell's exit comes from Variety's Jeff Sneider. No reasons were given as to why he dropped out nor has there been any mention of names for a replacement. If you'll recall, Russell himself was a replacement for the originally cast Kevin Costner in the villainous role of 'Ace Woody', a man who would train slaves to fight in brutal matches for entertainment. Costner left due to scheduling conflicts... is that what happened to Russell as well?

Somebody, call Winston Wolf asap!

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6:55AM on 05/11/2012
Am I the only one who thinks that this article should be updated to reflect the fact that the actor's name is Walton GOGGINS?

Dude was robbed of an Emmy for that final season of THE SHIELD and deserves to have his name spelled correctly.
Am I the only one who thinks that this article should be updated to reflect the fact that the actor's name is Walton GOGGINS?

Dude was robbed of an Emmy for that final season of THE SHIELD and deserves to have his name spelled correctly.
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3:16AM on 05/11/2012

scheduling conflicts?!?

You mean Kevin Costner is STILL acting?! Amazing... I guess.

Get Bruce Greenwood, quick.
You mean Kevin Costner is STILL acting?! Amazing... I guess.

Get Bruce Greenwood, quick.
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10:38PM on 05/10/2012
Never took Kurt Russel for a pussy but guess he couldnt handle the role. Glad QT decided to just give Coggins a bigger role than recast again.
Never took Kurt Russel for a pussy but guess he couldnt handle the role. Glad QT decided to just give Coggins a bigger role than recast again.
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9:35PM on 05/10/2012
I'm always stoked for an appearance by Cletus Van Damme.
I'm always stoked for an appearance by Cletus Van Damme.
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8:09PM on 05/10/2012
Snake. Snake? SNAAAAAAKE!!!
Snake. Snake? SNAAAAAAKE!!!
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7:29PM on 05/10/2012

bummer

Goggins is solid but Russell is the man and lately he hasnt been taking badass role with good directors anymore, was looking forward to seeing him tackle something like this. anyhoo thats life
Goggins is solid but Russell is the man and lately he hasnt been taking badass role with good directors anymore, was looking forward to seeing him tackle something like this. anyhoo thats life
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6:32PM on 05/10/2012
so if Mel Gibson is cast he would essentually be playing a version of himself :p....i think it would interesting casting & its QT s have him go on some crazy drunken rant, I mean why not?
so if Mel Gibson is cast he would essentually be playing a version of himself :p....i think it would interesting casting & its QT s have him go on some crazy drunken rant, I mean why not?
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6:23PM on 05/10/2012
Holy shit! Walter Coggins is "absorbing" Kurt Russell's character! Walter Coggins is... The Thing!
Holy shit! Walter Coggins is "absorbing" Kurt Russell's character! Walter Coggins is... The Thing!
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6:12PM on 05/10/2012
While I am sad to see such big names skip out on the film, Coggins is a great actor himself. He's done a fantastic job on Justified and this film seems to suit him quite well. I think he will do a fine job.
While I am sad to see such big names skip out on the film, Coggins is a great actor himself. He's done a fantastic job on Justified and this film seems to suit him quite well. I think he will do a fine job.
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5:53PM on 05/10/2012

Michael Keaton

get that man some more movie roles dammit!
get that man some more movie roles dammit!
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5:05PM on 05/10/2012
Should have gotten Gary Oldman...
Should have gotten Gary Oldman...
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4:28PM on 05/10/2012
That really kills the star power of this movie. Now they only have Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Tom Savini, RZA, Walton Goggins...
That really kills the star power of this movie. Now they only have Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Tom Savini, RZA, Walton Goggins...
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4:14PM on 05/10/2012
Bring in Jean Dujardin to replace SBC!
Come on...
it would be cool.
Bring in Jean Dujardin to replace SBC!
Come on...
it would be cool.
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3:35PM on 05/10/2012

UPDATE:

the role has just been recast, actor WALTON GOGGINS is now in the role (for now, heh).

...even though he was already in the movie in a different role. Well actually he hasn't been 'cast' per se in the Russell/Costner role, but instead the movie has been re-written mid filming so that now they're both the same character... err, yeah...
the role has just been recast, actor WALTON GOGGINS is now in the role (for now, heh).

...even though he was already in the movie in a different role. Well actually he hasn't been 'cast' per se in the Russell/Costner role, but instead the movie has been re-written mid filming so that now they're both the same character... err, yeah...
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3:32PM on 05/10/2012
The script must be horrible. I kid, I kid. ;)
The script must be horrible. I kid, I kid. ;)
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3:30PM on 05/10/2012
What the fuck!!! THis is soo depressing. How can people drop out of a tarantino flick! Fucking idiots!
What the fuck!!! THis is soo depressing. How can people drop out of a tarantino flick! Fucking idiots!
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2:43PM on 05/10/2012
What the hell? I cant wrap my head aournd the fact that the shooting of such a big picures have already begun with half of the cast dropping out! Were talking about millions of dollars after all!
What the hell? I cant wrap my head aournd the fact that the shooting of such a big picures have already begun with half of the cast dropping out! Were talking about millions of dollars after all!
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2:33PM on 05/10/2012
If you're interest for this movie just slipped due to a cameo and one part that you have no clue how big it is, then you are not a Tarantino fan
If you're interest for this movie just slipped due to a cameo and one part that you have no clue how big it is, then you are not a Tarantino fan
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2:18PM on 05/10/2012
The word is that Walton Goggins will assume the Russell character. Excellent news, I say.
The word is that Walton Goggins will assume the Russell character. Excellent news, I say.
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3:34PM on 05/10/2012
Walton Goggins is already attached and is playing a character called billy crash
Walton Goggins is already attached and is playing a character called billy crash
6:53AM on 05/11/2012
Pulp, Goggins is ABSORBING the Russell character. As in, they're making his previous character and Russell's character into a single character.
Pulp, Goggins is ABSORBING the Russell character. As in, they're making his previous character and Russell's character into a single character.
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2:02PM on 05/10/2012
Sorry JoBlo'ers, I highly doubt Mel Gibson would take the part given the unrelenting allegations of racism and antisemitism made against him. As Tarantino has frequently been accused of racism as well, I doubt he would hire bring him on board.
Sorry JoBlo'ers, I highly doubt Mel Gibson would take the part given the unrelenting allegations of racism and antisemitism made against him. As Tarantino has frequently been accused of racism as well, I doubt he would hire bring him on board.
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2:37PM on 05/10/2012
Why the hell are you idiots thumbs downing him? His analysis is absolutely correct.
Why the hell are you idiots thumbs downing him? His analysis is absolutely correct.
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1:58PM on 05/10/2012
I was going to see this movie in theaters on day one just for Kurt Russell, now I'll probably wait until the dvd/blu-ray. Kurt Russell is one of the coolest actors alive, I'm shocked Quentin couldn't keep him on the production.
I was going to see this movie in theaters on day one just for Kurt Russell, now I'll probably wait until the dvd/blu-ray. Kurt Russell is one of the coolest actors alive, I'm shocked Quentin couldn't keep him on the production.
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1:09PM on 05/10/2012
Kurt Russell probably dropped out of "Django" after he found out that QT's intention for his character was to make him a bigger pussy than he was in "Death Proof."
Kurt Russell probably dropped out of "Django" after he found out that QT's intention for his character was to make him a bigger pussy than he was in "Death Proof."
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12:38PM on 05/10/2012
I'm gonna go with what the Americanmoviefan said. It could be the role itself is intense. I mean, I can already how many n-words are gonna be flying, especially from a guy that trains slaves to fight. I could be wrong.
I'm gonna go with what the Americanmoviefan said. It could be the role itself is intense. I mean, I can already how many n-words are gonna be flying, especially from a guy that trains slaves to fight. I could be wrong.
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12:12PM on 05/10/2012
How about Tim Roth..for either role.
How about Tim Roth..for either role.
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11:51AM on 05/10/2012
WTF! First Costner, then Levitt, then Cohen, then Russell? I feel like that can't be a good sign.
WTF! First Costner, then Levitt, then Cohen, then Russell? I feel like that can't be a good sign.
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11:43AM on 05/10/2012
Jeff Bridges as Ace Woody.
Jeff Bridges as Ace Woody.
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11:06AM on 05/10/2012
To replace Kurt Russell, I would like for Mel Gibson, Ed Norton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Robert DeNiro or Kevin Spacey to get the role.
To replace Kurt Russell, I would like for Mel Gibson, Ed Norton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Robert DeNiro or Kevin Spacey to get the role.
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11:03AM on 05/10/2012

Somebody should call Michael Biehn

Biehn is one hell of an underrated actor and something tells me this would be a perfect part for QT to cast him in. Why not?
Biehn is one hell of an underrated actor and something tells me this would be a perfect part for QT to cast him in. Why not?
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10:49AM on 05/10/2012

It'll work out...

Sucks about Kurt...I'm game for some of the picks below. Sorry fellow joblo'ers, but never was or will be a fan of Cohen.
Sucks about Kurt...I'm game for some of the picks below. Sorry fellow joblo'ers, but never was or will be a fan of Cohen.
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10:25AM on 05/10/2012
Will Smith should take his place .....oh wait.
Will Smith should take his place .....oh wait.
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10:00AM on 05/10/2012
this is some of the worst movie news ive read in a while....it was such a flawless cast (forgetting that foxx is in it). i trust tarantino will fix this problem and django will be amazing anyways, but damn... double dose of disappointment
this is some of the worst movie news ive read in a while....it was such a flawless cast (forgetting that foxx is in it). i trust tarantino will fix this problem and django will be amazing anyways, but damn... double dose of disappointment
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9:55AM on 05/10/2012
Noooo!! I really wanted to see Kurt in this. What a shame....how about the replacement be Bruce Campbell...I think that would work.
Noooo!! I really wanted to see Kurt in this. What a shame....how about the replacement be Bruce Campbell...I think that would work.
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9:18AM on 05/10/2012

michael parks

a qt vet and just the ammount of scum bagness for a part like this
a qt vet and just the ammount of scum bagness for a part like this
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9:16AM on 05/10/2012
Flop.
Flop.
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7:53AM on 05/10/2012
Damn, he was the only cast-member I was looking forward to seeing. Gibson would be a great choice, but I think it's highly unlikely!
Damn, he was the only cast-member I was looking forward to seeing. Gibson would be a great choice, but I think it's highly unlikely!
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7:20AM on 05/10/2012

Me sad now

Come on!
Anyone - Gibson, Willis, Keitel, Parks, Walken - just hurry up and jump on board before Quentin casts himself!
Come on!
Anyone - Gibson, Willis, Keitel, Parks, Walken - just hurry up and jump on board before Quentin casts himself!
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7:08AM on 05/10/2012

Wait, WHAT?!!

I thought the filming is in midway? This is one big blow to my excitement....now only Mel Gibson can reload & even imrprove on my anticipation! (Thanks Cap. Planet for this awesome idea)
I thought the filming is in midway? This is one big blow to my excitement....now only Mel Gibson can reload & even imrprove on my anticipation! (Thanks Cap. Planet for this awesome idea)
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6:57AM on 05/10/2012
There goes half my excitement for the movie.
There goes half my excitement for the movie.
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6:10AM on 05/10/2012
I'm not that fussed about Sacha Baron Cohen because I feel no matter who directs him, I will always see Borat instead of his character. Same went with Mike Myers in Basterds. He was the only negative from that movie because I kept thinking it was a dressed up Austin Powers.

But yes, it sucks immensely about Kurt. I was quite excited to see him in another QT movie. Here's hoping they find someone amazing to fill his shoes.
I'm not that fussed about Sacha Baron Cohen because I feel no matter who directs him, I will always see Borat instead of his character. Same went with Mike Myers in Basterds. He was the only negative from that movie because I kept thinking it was a dressed up Austin Powers.

But yes, it sucks immensely about Kurt. I was quite excited to see him in another QT movie. Here's hoping they find someone amazing to fill his shoes.
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10:36AM on 05/10/2012
While I understand what you're saying, I offer up as counterpoint Talladega Nights. He was very un-Borat in that one.
While I understand what you're saying, I offer up as counterpoint Talladega Nights. He was very un-Borat in that one.
12:35PM on 05/10/2012
I disagree. Cohen is an EXTREMELY versatile actor. And if you have ever seen him outside of acting, he is quite intelligent and soft-spoken.
I disagree. Cohen is an EXTREMELY versatile actor. And if you have ever seen him outside of acting, he is quite intelligent and soft-spoken.
6:07AM on 05/10/2012
Michael Parks should jump in for Kurt.
Michael Parks should jump in for Kurt.
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5:47AM on 05/10/2012

NEED LESS ADVERTISING!!!!!

stop with the ads. you guys fuckin' spoiled the Avengers for me with that shit. Not like ya care.
stop with the ads. you guys fuckin' spoiled the Avengers for me with that shit. Not like ya care.
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5:12AM on 05/10/2012

SHIT!

First North Carolina bans gay marriage, now this. Shitty week.
First North Carolina bans gay marriage, now this. Shitty week.
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5:05AM on 05/10/2012
Not to say he doesn't have other commitment as a semi-retired actor, but perhaps all these guys dropping out decided the character was too brutal and would tarnish their image?
Not to say he doesn't have other commitment as a semi-retired actor, but perhaps all these guys dropping out decided the character was too brutal and would tarnish their image?
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5:00AM on 05/10/2012
Step in Mel Gibson for Kurt Russell.
Step in Mel Gibson for Kurt Russell.
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5:45AM on 05/10/2012
Love this idea!
Love this idea!
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