Pitt’s slave cru­sade

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

12 Years A Slave. Ejio­for in­sists the highly an­tic­i­pated film may not have been com­pleted with­out the Hol­ly­wood star. Pitt pro­duced the Steve McQueen film, in which Ejio­for plays the role of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who is ab­ducted and sold into slav­ery. Ejio­for is adamant the film would not have been com­pleted with­out Pitt’s ex­per­tise. ‘‘I think the truth is we wouldn’t have been able to make this film with­out Brad Pitt, be­cause of what he brings,’’ he says. ‘‘So him com­ing on board and him be­ing a pro­ducer made, I think, the com­plete dif­fer­ence to make the film. It just goes to show what an in­di­vid­ual could do when they have that kind of reach and they’re pre­pared to use it to sup­port film­mak­ers. I’m deeply grate­ful to him for al­low­ing this film to be made.’’ The Fight Club star also makes a brief ap­pear­ance on­screen as a Cana­dian abo­li­tion­ist. The pre-Civil War film also stars Michael Fass­ben­der as a plan­ta­tion owner. 12 Years A Slave will pre­miere at the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val next month be­fore it is re­leased to Aus­tralian au­di­ences on Jan­uary 30.

BRI­TISH ac­tor Chi­we­tel Ejio­for (pic­tured) has thanked Brad Pitt for his pro­duc­tion skills on new drama

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