Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has said filming violent scenes like those featured in Django Unchained does not deter him from wanting his movies to be great art.
Quentin Tarantino’s bloody revenge film examining slavery before the US Civil War has fuelled debate about whether Hollywood shows too much on-screen violence.
DiCaprio portrays Calvin Candie, a ruthless plantation owner encountered by a freed slave and a bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, respectively).
DiCaprio said in South Korea: “My philosophy has kind of always been the same: Pain is temporary, film is forever.
“You do everything you possibly can, you give it your all, all of your focus, and hopefully you come out with, if all the elements mixed together correctly ... a great piece of art.
“To me, cinema is the great modern art form.”
Director Quentin Tarantino, whose filmography also includes Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds, has taken the long view on Django Unchained, noting films become less controversial as they age.
The film won two Academy Awards last month – best supporting actor for Waltz, and original screenplay for Tarantino.
DiCaprio spoke at a news conference and attended the film’s red-carpet premiere in Seoul. Mobbed by fans snapping pictures of him on their phones, DiCaprio said it was an incredible welcome for his first trip to South Korea, and he was sure to return.
Django Unchained opened last weekend in Japan, and opens in South Korea and Singapore on March 21.