Oprah Winfrey's first day filming Selma was pretty intense. And it's not just because of the Civil Rights drama's heavy material.
Her longtime friend and mentor Dr. Maya Angelou died on that day.
"It was actually filming when all the marches got down on their knees and put their hands behind their heads and we were watching Jim Clark and actually the time she got into a tussle with [Selma sheriff] Jim Clark," Common, who plays activist James Bevel in the movie, told me the other day while promoting the film at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. "So it was a tough day and we knew that we wanted to pay homage to Dr. Angelou through the work that were doing."