Fuqua took issue with both the content of Lee’s criticism and the way he delivered it. "If you disagree with the way a colleague did something, call him up, invite him out for a coffee, talk about it. But don’t do it publicly,” said Fuqua, who knows both Tarantino and Lee but is not close with either. "I don’t think Quentin Tarantino has a racist bone in his body. Besides, I’m good friends with [‘Django Unchained’ star] Jamie Foxx and he wouldn’t have anything to do with a film that had anything racist to it."
Meanwhile, “Django” continues its strong opening run, grossing another $30.7 million over its first weekend in release to bring its six-day total to $64 million domestic. The ongoing debate about the film can only help its prospects — “Django” is now more than halfway to the domestic box office total of “Inglourious Basterds,” Tarantino’s highest-grossing film, and it’s galloping there at a faster rate. “Basterds” needed another four days to pass $64 million.