In Django Unchained the actor James Remar plays two characters (Ace Speck and Butch Pooch). The first of which gets shot in the first couple of minutes of the movie. This is not the first incident of such startling a casting decision I've seen in a modern Western-themed piece of entertainment. I observed this oddity in Deadwood as well, where-in Garret Dillahunt plays two different characters (Jack McCall and Francis Wolcott - the first of which gets shot at the end of season one, the second role pops up right after, at the beginning of season 2).
I find it hard to believe that these wierd instances of *double casting* the same actor for two roles in the same piece are anything but willfully intended. Especially when an über-referential pop culture nerd like Quentin Tarantino does it. The question remains... why?
Anybody got a clue?