VIDEO: Chiwetel Ejiofor on ‘12 Years a Slave’s’ ‘Gift to the Modern World’

'12 Years a Slave' star Chiwetel Eijofor dishes on discovering Solomon Northup for the first time, crafting the finest performance of his career, and more for '12 Years a Slave.'

Can we say “Oscar?” 12 Years a Slave has been piling up the accolades—and with good reason. Called “not just a great film, but an essential one” by The Guardian, it provides an unflinching and brilliant look at slavery. Watch star Chiwetel Ejiofor dish on discovering Solomon Northup for the first time, how he crafted the finest performance of his career, and more.

12 Years a Slave is currently playing in limited release; it hits theaters nationwide on November 1.


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