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“Django Unchained” Is Fiction but Emotions Were Real, Says Kerry Washington

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(NEW YORK) -- Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Django Unchained, is a revenge flick centering on the brutal reality of slavery in the pre-Civil War South. Star Kerry Washington, who also heads up the ABC drama Scandal, tells ABC News Radio that filming the movie in locations where slavery once existed was moving, to say the least.

"We were shooting at an actual slave plantation...where my character is whipped," Washington says. "[Y]ou're doing it in this alley of trees where you know hundreds of years ago that very same sound was echoing through that alley of oak trees, is tremendously heartbreaking."

Washington says the reality of the situation "really added another layer of responsibility."

Django Unchained grossed a projected 14 million dollars on its first day of release, Christmas Day, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Only one film did better: Les Miserables, another new movie that's projected to have made 17.5 million.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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