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Going from Unchained to unhinged
Going from Unchained to unhinged

He is about to hit the big screen in *Quentin Tarantino *'s latest film Django Unchained but *John Jarratt *is taking the adage "there's no rest for the wicked" quite literally.

After walking the red carpet at the Australian premiere of Django in Sydney on Monday, the Aussie actor is in Adelaide today to begin filming the much-anticipated sequel to the 2005 outback horror, Wolf Creek.

The 61-year-old will reprise his role as psychopathic backpacker killer Mick Taylor, although preparation for the part meant he wasn't exactly looking his best on the red carpet.

"I am literally covered in tattoos and have dodgy dye in my hair and sideburns," Jarratt told _AAA _ on Monday.

Wolf Creek 2 is expected to wrap up in March with the movie due for release early next year.

Jarratt was tight-lipped about the plot but revealed "it's more of a road movie".

"There's more of a chase going on and let's just say it's what the audience wants," he said.

Thankfully, for those still feeling the effects of his villainous turn in the first Wolf Creek, his part in Django is far more comedic.

Jarratt was picked by Tarantino for a small role as an Australian slave trader in the film about a freed slave ( *Jamie Foxx *) who treks across the US with a bounty hunter ( *Christoph Waltz *) on a mission to save his wife from an evil plantation owner ( *Leonardo DiCaprio *).

He said his friendship with the director stretched back to 2003 when Tarantino ventured Down Under to promote Kill Bill.

"He got off the plane and said 'I want to meet John Jarrett, he's my favourite Aussie actor'," Jarratt said, putting on a fake Tarantino accent.

"So we had a couple of quiet drinks down at Circular Quay and I got to know him.

"I think there's a mutual admiration there."

Jarratt was meant to be starring alongside another Aussie actor, *Anthony LaPaglia *, but LaPaglia had to pull out because of scheduling conflicts.

  • Michael Parks *stepped in to replace LaPaglia but when *Joseph Gordon-Levitt *was also unable to appear in the same scene Tarantino decided to take on the role himself.

And he turned to Jarratt for tips on the Aussie accent. "He threw himself at it and took on the giant task of the Australian accent, which brings everyone undone," Jarratt said, before breaking into an impression of *Meryl Streep *in the Lindy Chamberlain biopic A Cry in the Dark - "A dingo stole my baby!"

"If Meryl Streep can't do it no one can," he said. "But we helped him iron a few things out and I think he made a fair fist of it."

As well as defending the director's accent, Jarratt also spoke out about the violence in the film.

Django Unchained has become Tarantino's highest-ever grossing film at the US box office but its depiction of slavery and violence has caused a wave of controversy.

"The way I put it, if you go to Disneyland you want to get on the roller-coaster because it's kind of like driving off a cliff without the terrible crash at the bottom," he said.

"That doesn't mean that Disneyland should be sued for everyone that drives off a cliff and crashes at the bottom.

"I think there are nut cases out there and they do what they do.

"I don't think you can point to movies per se."

Django Unchained opens tomorrow. LUCY GIBSON

'He got

off the plane and said "I want to meet John Jarrett, he's my favourite Aussie actor".'

The West Australian

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