Quentin Tarantino's latest film, the spaghetti southern Django Unchained, hit theaters earlier this week. In addition to featuring fantastic performances from its two leads, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, the film featured an obscene number of supporting actors, some of whom you may have seen before on the small screen. While we won't be covering every single actor in the film who has a television credit, let's take a quick look at some of Django Unchained's more notable television stars.
Spoilers from Django Unchained follow.
Kerry Washington (Broomhilda): Django spends the film on a quest for his wife, Broomhilda, who remains a slave of the villainous Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Though Broomhilda doesn't have much of a speaking role and ultimately serves as a goal of the film rather than a three-dimensional character, Tarantino picked a top-notch actress to play the role: Kerry Washington, who is the star of ABC's riveting series Scandal. Washington, who previously had a recurring role on Boston Legal, plays Olivia Pope in Scandal (and does a damn fine job of it, too).
Walton Goggins (Billy Crash): In a film full of villains, one of the most memorable was Billy Crash, who almost took a hot knife to Django's "fun parts" in the final act of the film. The brooding southerner was played by none other than Walton Goggins, who has a pretty large role on television's best western series: he's the morally dubious Boyd Crowder on FX's Justified. Goggins, who also starred on The Shield, also had a guest role this season on Sons of Anarchy. You'll be able to see Goggins back on television when Justified's fourth season kicks off in January.
Tom Wopat (Marshal Gill Tatum): Early in the film, Django and Dr. Schultz stop by a small town in Texas, where Schultz promptly murders the sheriff. The duo then engage in a standoff with the local marshal, and are only able to escape when Dr. Schultz reveals that he is a bounty hunter. That marshal is played by Tom Wopat, better known as Luke Duke from the iconic TV series Dukes of Hazzard. We don't have any pictures of Wopat's character in Django, so here's a picture of him from his days as Luke.
M.C. Gainey (Big John Brittle): The film starts off with a hunt for the Brittle Brothers, which comes to a surprisingly fast end when Django and Schultz find them on a farm. Big John, the oldest of the three, is found rambling about passages of the Bible with some of its pages stuck to him. Django shoots him through one of those pages, and remarks (as shown in almost every trailer), "I like the way you die, boy." Actor M.C. Gainey's died a lot on television, perhaps most memorably as the Other Tom Friendly in early seasons of LOST. He also played Bo Crowder (the father of Goggins' character Boyd) on the FX series Justified during its first season. With guest appearances in many other shows, from The Dukes of Hazzard to The X-Files.
Don Johnson (Spencer 'Big Daddy' Bennett): Perhaps the biggest source of comic relief in the film was the scene featuring the inept proto-Klansmen who complain about the eyeholes in their masks being too small. The leader of those was the particularly Colonel Sanders-esque 'Big Daddy' Bennett, whose thick coating of southern charm was worn by Don Johnson, a television star of decades past, who helmed not one, but two major cop shows: Miami Vice and Nash Bridges. More recently, he's appeared as Kenny Powers' dad in the HBO comedy series Eastbound and Down.