9 May 2012 2:18 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Everyone and their mother wants to be in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to be in one so badly he flew to Germany to convince Qt he could play a Nazi Jew hunter who spoke fluent French, German and Italian in "Inglourious Basterds." It didn't pan out, obviously, but clearly his persistence (and moxie) paid off for Tarantino's latest, the slave/vengeance epic "Django Unchained," wherein DiCaprio plays the main villain.

And speaking of this picture -- starring Jamie Foxx as a slave-turned-bounty hunter who sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner with the help of a  foreign mentor (Christoph Waltz)  -- it appears everyone's been dropping out like flies. Joseph Gordon Levitt had to bail on his small role in the film, Kevin Costner couldn't commit to his role either (and you could add Will Smith to the toll; Qt wanted him for the lead, »

- Edward Davis

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