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Sacha Baron Cohen Drops Out of Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’

Sacha Baron Cohen
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And another one bites the dust. Quentin Tarantino‘s ‘Django Unchained‘ has been cultivating quite the buzz, but the director’s latest keeps losing actors left and right. This time around Sacha Baron Cohen has jumped ship.

Cinemapulse reports that during an interview with Howard Stern, Baron Cohen said he had to bow out of his role in ‘Django Unchained’ due to scheduling conflicts for his press tour for ‘The Dictator,’ which opens May 16. If faced with the choice between promoting ‘The Dictator’ and starring in a Quentin Tarantino film, we believe it’s wise to choose the latter.

Baron Cohen’s role was that of Scotty Harmony, a part Tarantino originally wanted to offer to Jonah Hill, but scheduling conflicts kept Hill from joining the cast before the offer was even made official.

This latest exit follows the recent departures of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kevin Costner from the film, but we’re not too worried about Tarantino pulling it together for what’s sure to be yet another fine film from the visionary director.

‘Django Unchained’ stars Jamie Foxx as a former slave turned bounty hunter on a vengeful mission to rescue his wife from an evil plantation owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Christoph Waltz stars as Foxx’s mentor, who aids him in his bloody crusade. The film is scheduled to hit theaters Christmas Day, giving Tarantino plenty of time to fill this latest vacancy.

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