Jamie Foxx was affected by Kerry Washington’s whipping scenes in ‘Django Unchained’

Posted on September 1, 2012 /Film

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Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is speaking out about the difficulty shooting brutal slave scenes in his upcoming film.  As previously reported, Foxx plays a slave -turned-bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained.

In an interview with Empire, Foxx said that he was affected by certain scenes that included racist violence . He particularly addressed scenes involving Kerry Washington, who plays his wife in the film, being tortured by white actors on the plantation set.

“It runs deep. At the beginning, when we started shooting, they were whipping Kerry and I had to watch it,” said Foxx. “It affected me. At the time, we were playing music to the whole plantation. The music was a gospel song by Fred Hammond called ‘No Weapons Formed Against Me Shall Prosper,’ and just to see everybody go to a place… There were people with tears in their eyes.”

Kerry Washington in wooden shoulder yoke

Not wanting to give much else away, the actor feels his new film will take moviegoers on a very emotional journey.

“Those moments, well, we can’t really tell here right now because we’re still shooting the movie,” he said. “But I think those moments we put on the screen are going to jerk people. Their emotions are gonna be really running high.”

Django Unchained is scheduled to open in theaters on Christmas Day.

(Photos: The Weinstein Company)

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