Funny or Die has prepared something special for their viewers in the advent of the Christmas holidays: a disguised movie commercial for Samuel L. Jackson and Anne Hathaway’s films, “Django Unchained” and, respectively, “Les Miserables”. Pretending to be competing in a funny sad off, the two actors are actually presenting some of the main reasons why fans should see the two Christmas Day releases.
There seems to be an untold rule, lately, determining Hollywood producers to release sad or touching movies around the Christmas holidays. Gone are the days when people used to laugh their heads off at “Home Alone” sequels; nowadays, cinemas gush with musicals and ballet remakes such as 2009’s “The Nutcracker”, 2010’s “Black Swan” as well as this year’s “Les Miserables”and “Django Unchained”.
“Les Miserables” has been making headlines for several months now, but “Django Unchained” has recently started to get film goers’ attention. By the looks of it, “Django Unchained” could exceed the popularity of “Les Miserables” due to the participation of Quentin Tarantino and the appearance of famous actors like Leonardo Di Caprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson and Jamie Foxx. Another big plus comes from the soul-searching music of Johnny Cash. Yet, this is just a supposition that may or may not be reflected by this weekend’s box office reports.
Sprinkled with amusing lines, the “sad off” produced by Funny or Die illustrates the two actors in a Christmas decorated room, getting ready for the holidays. The competition begins when Anne Hathaway tells Samuels L. Jackson that his movie is not as sad as her “Les Miserables”, despite being a “dark” film. The “Django Unchained” star feels somewhat surprised by the actress’ choice of words and continues to sustain that being an African-American slave in the 1800s is much more difficult than being a French prostitute in the 19th-century France. The two actors agree to disagree when they realize that they both have strong arguments in support of their hypothesis.