'Django' gives Oklahoma actor Rex Linn a small role in a big movie

Oklahoma actor Rex Linn, who has a small rolle in “Django,” says Quentin Tarantino is like a kid on the movie set, and that's why his films are so good.
BY GENE TRIPLETT etriplett@opubco.com Published: December 21, 2012

In 2013 he will be seen in director Atom Egoyan's “Devil's Knot,” based on the true story of the “West Memphis Three,” three teenagers falsely accused of murdering three young boys. The film also stars Reese Witherspoon, Kevan Durand and Stephen Moyer.

And if plans pan out, he'll be on board for the film version of “Ironhorse,” written by his close friend and fellow Oklahoman Robert Knott. The Western is a sequel to “Appaloosa,” a book by Robert B. Parker that was adapted for the screen by Knott and another actor with Oklahoma connections, Ed Harris. Linn had a prominent role in that 2008 film as well.

But for now, Linn, is just as excited about his role in “Django Unchained,” no matter how limited it may be.

“Just to be cast in it first of all, it was a four-meeting process,” Linn said. “I met with Quentin four times. And, you know, there are so many actors in this, but Victoria Thomas, the casting director, said you can't imagine, once that script kinda started circulating, she said you can't imagine the actors that were calling up here wanting to be a part in this movie, even if it's a small role.”

Other stars appearing in limited parts and cameos include Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, Bruce Dern, Jonah Hill and Linn's old friend Don Johnson — whom he calls D.J. — as “Big Daddy.”

Johnson, Hill and Linn share one of the film's most amusing scenes as a gang of hooded riders who are having trouble seeing where they're going through the crude eye holes cut into the sacks on their heads.

“One of my lines was, ‘I don't know about you bastards but I'm sick and tired of holdin' this (expletive deleted) torch,'” Linn recalled. “And then I had about two or three other lines in it. I had a lot of dialogue when I got cast, and then the rewrites came and ... I don't blame him. I would've shared it too.”

Tarantino thought the lines in the scene were so funny that he ended up taking some of them for himself and the other hooded actors in the sequence.

“He knows what he wants, and he is like a little kid on the set,” Linn said of Tarantino. “No wonder his movies are so good. I actually thought this when I was sittin' with Don Johnson. Don and I are good friends. We met each other on ‘Tin Cup' and really hit it off. And Don and I were sittin' there, and we were kind of watchin' Quentin directing and, no wonder his movies are fun, because he has fun.”