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'Django Unchained' Kerry Washington: Jamie Foxx strives for excellence

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Kerry Washington has revealed that she was inspired by Jamie Foxx while filming Django Unchained.

Foxx stars in Quentin Tarantino's latest film as a freed slave who joins forces with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) in order to free his wife (Washington).

U.S. actors Leonardo DiCaprio, left, Kerry Washington, center, and Jamie Foxx, pose for photos promoting their upcoming film,"Django Unchained" at the Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition photo call in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday April 15, 2012.

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(Pictured Above: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx at 'Django Unchained' screening)

Speaking to Flicks and Bits, Washington praised Foxx's desire to achieve "excellence" with Django Unchained.

"I just love working with Jamie. I love working with a real artist, a thinking artist who is compassionate and driven towards excellence at what he does," she explained.

"It inspires me, and particularly on a film like this where we had to go to such challenging places emotionally and psychologically."

Washington further explained: "I was grateful to be working with somebody that I respect and admire. It makes all the difference. We were really lucky to have a history of working together, trusting each other, admiring each other, having already played husband and wife in a big film with a strong director.

"We knew how to be there for each other, whether it was having conversations on set, phones calls, texts at 3 or 4 in the morning because we can't sleep because of what we had to do the next day. We were really there to support each other."

Kerry Washington arriving at the 2012 BET Awards in Los Angeles

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Django Unchained was recently criticised by Spike Lee, who called Tarantino's portrayal of slavery "disrespectful".

The movie is now playing in the US and is released on January 18 in the UK. Watch a trailer for Django Unchained below:

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