(LOS ANGELES) -- Django Unchained, the story of a slave who becomes a bounty hunter to rescue his wife from a Mississippi plantation owner, is one of the most highly-anticipated yet controversial films this year.
Writer and director Quentin Tarantino defends using the "N" word in his upcoming film, due in theaters on Christmas Day.
"I’m just telling my story the way I’m telling it," the 49-year-old director says in the December issue of Playboy. "I’m putting it in a spaghetti Western framework and highlighting the surreal qualities inherent in the material."
"I’m highlighting them mythically and operatically, and in terms of violence and gruesomeness, with pitch-black humor,” he continues.
The eclectic director also admits to getting high while in production for the film.
"I wouldn’t do anything impaired while making a movie. I don’t so much write high, but say you’re thinking about a musical sequence. You smoke a joint, you put on some music, you listen to it and you come up with some good ideas," he said.
Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson.
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