A few Reddit users have wondered whether the 2012 western film, starring Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, is actually a film that was made and released in the same world as the director’s most recent film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
This would mean that, in the world of the film, villainous character Calvin Candie is not actually played by Leonardo DiCaprio, but the actor’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood character Rick Dalton.
The theory suggests that Django Unchained would have been another release to star Dalton alongside his other film and television projects, including Lancer, Operazione Dyn-o-mite! and The Fourteen Fists of McCluskey.
In Once Upon a time in Hollywood, Dalton is playing the villain in Lancer who actually has some similarities to Candie, so it’s no stretch to assume Dalton could have been cast in that role.
The latest theory states: “We have no clue as of today what happened to Dalton after Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Tarantino said that after 1969 he was a pretty big name.”
Another theory suggests that The Fourteen Fists of McCluskey – which shows Dalton playing a character who kills Nazis with a flamethrower – is actually a film inspired by the events seen in 2009 film Inglourious Basterds.