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A Little More on Zoe Bell's Masked 'Django Unchained' Character

The mystery makes it all the more intriguing

Zoe Bell in Django Unchained
Zoe Bell in Django Unchained
Photo: The Weinstein Co.

Perhaps some people recognized Zoe Bell in Django Unchained from her eyes alone, but I didn't know it was her until I saw her name in the credits. Playing the mysterious masked woman, we never get to know anything about her character, but E! caught up with her recently and got a few quotes as to just what exactly was up with her and that mask.

"There was backstory and there was to be a fight sequence..." Bell said, "But I guess when you're getting such brilliant shit with Leo [Dicaprio] and Jamie [Foxx] and Christoph [Waltz], you just keep shooting and time kind of got crunchy."

So unfortunately it sounds like her sequences weren't even shot, so don't go expecting anything more on a possible extended cut. And as for the mask, "Part of my face was missing."

Costume designer Sharen Davis alluded to this previously in her interview with Vanity Fair, which read: "That leaves some unexplained characters, like that of the beautiful lady outlaw whose face is half-covered throughout the film. (The idea there, says Davis, is that the character would drop the bandana to reveal an absent jaw.)"

It would seem neither the reveal or her fight were ever filmed and those that have read the script (download it here) don't remember her character at all. So what may have been seems to be locked inside Tarantino's head... for now.

I know some will probably say they'd like to see more of her character, but I think the mystery makes it all the more intriguing.

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  • Adu

    I really hope there is an extended cut for this movie in the near future.

    • Hurricane

      Agreed. Apparently there are a few Billy Crash (Walton Goggins) scenes that got cut out that I'm dying to see

      • RagingTaxiDriver

        Yeah, Goggins had an intriguing character and I'd really like to see more of him (as would Brad). But I would really be intrigued to see more of Don Johnson, and I'm sure there a lot of film left on the floor that includes both the latter and former.

  • Justin

    I saw this a few days ago and I did think it was weird her character was kinda being built up as important, but was never executed.

  • Aleonardis

    The movie is just a rushed passion project and that's my issue. If the movie was FULLY executed by QT it could have been something masterful. Right now it's rushed and rough. It's a big story. Bigger than three hours. Give it to us QT.

  • Paul

    I liked that there was mystery as it's more cinematic. I watch so much TV where everything is explained it's good to have some intrigue as stated in above article.

    Agree with a comment above it would have been good to have more Billy Crash as Goggins is a fine character actor able to project menace and psychosis under a winning grin. I understand Kurt Russell was originally cast in a previous script but the character was changed. Perhaps, with DiCaprio stealing all the scenes in the 2nd half of the movie it was difficult to get Crash in the mix.

    I loved this movie and would certainly like to see a director's cut. Ironically it's a story which would have benefited from two parts as opposed to the slim Kill Bill narrative (still a wonderful movie).

    Whether his films are to your taste in terms of the violent content, historical accuracy or political correctness Tarantino is one of the finest (post)modern moviemakers. It's genuinely exciting when he releases a movie. Every scene has an exciting pay-off with surprises throughout. Django Unchained is another fantastic bit of entertainment.

  • Patrick

    Well said, sir.

  • AS

    I definitely wanted more Zoe Bell. I wish QT would bring her character from Death Proof over into one of his next films.

  • SP1234

    No. Zoƫ's too beautiful to lose a jaw! :(

  • Gern Blanston (@TheNewsIsBroken)

    I'm calling it. There will be a full length QT movie telling the back story of "the masked girl". The idea is percolating in the back of QT's demented mind at this very moment. Zoe needs her own starring role ASAP.