Actor Samuel L. Jackson felt an "eerie" silence fall over the grounds of the Louisiana plantation where slave western Django Unchained was filmed as his co-star Kerry Washington's character was brutally whipped for the movie.
The Quentin Tarantino film, about a freed slave out for revenge against an evil plantation owner, was shot on a former slave yard in America's Deep South and The Last King of Scotland beauty insists she could feel the history seeping from the soil.
She says, "We shot on Evergreen Plantation in Louisiana which was an actual slave plantation. That lent itself to disappearing into the story because you felt like you were making a film on sacred ground. You felt like you were reenacting these where crimes against humanity were committed."
One scene required the actress to be beaten repeatedly and the difficult shoot was one Jackson won't forget anytime soon.
Appearing at a New York press conference alongside Washington on Sunday (16Dec12), he told his co-star, "When you were being whipped all the bugs stopped making noise and the birds stopped singing. It was eerie."
And actor Don Johnson discovered one of his wardrobe assistants had a personal connection to the land, saying: "My dresser who helped me get in my costume every day found out her ancestors were buried in the cemetery on the plantation."