Expanding into more theaters this weekend is one of the best films of the year: director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, the true story chronicles his twelve-year journey as an educated and married free man from New York who was abducted in 1841 and forced into slavery for over a decade. The film is absolutely one of the best of the year and features powerful performances by the whole cast, especially Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’O, and it will be a major player in this year’s awards race. For more on the film, read Matt’s review.
At the recent New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Lupita Nyong’o and Alfre Woodard. They talked about what is it like to see so many people love the movie, how the movie feel real and the scenes and characters believable, the way they prepared for their roles, and more. Hit the jump to watch and make sure to see 12 Years a Slave as soon as you can.
Lupita Nyong’o and Alfre Woodard:
- What is it like to have so many people loving the movie?
- How the movie doesn’t feel Hollywoodized. How did they prepare as actors?
- Talks about how the film is based on a true account.