Speaking on a Sirius XM satellite radio special, Quentin Tarantino Unleashed, that aired December 14, 2012 on Little Steven's Underground Garage show, the director said with a chuckle that Rocky Roberts sings this song "in quasi-Elvis style." "I've always loved this song," he added. "I think it's fantastic. Not only that, 'Django' was so popular around the world, I've heard Japanese versions of the song, Italian versions of the song, I've heard Greek versions of this song, because it was played all over..."
"I have to say," he continued, "when I came up with the idea to do Django Unchained, I knew it was imperative that I open it with this song as a big opening credit sequence. Because basically this movie is done in the style of a spaghetti western, and any spaghetti western worth its salt has a big opening credit sequence. In fact, if it doesn't, I don't really want to see it."