Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch’s interview for ‘12 Years a Slave’
12 Years a Slave: Benedict Cumberbatch talks about the film
By Pankit Narang
Date: Mon, Nov 04, 2013 13:00:00 GMT
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12 Years a Slave
Benedict Cumberbatch, the English film, television, theatre and voice actor, better known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC/PBS series ‘Sherlock’, talks about his upcoming biographical drama, 12 Years a Slave, in a recently-released interview.
‘12 Years a Slave’ centres on Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington D.C in 1841 and sold into slavery to William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), a plantation owner.
Benedict Cumberbatch says in the interview: “Solomon is a free man from upstate New York who is basically tricked into believing that his services as a violin player could be helpful for a circus. And these two con artists take him on a voyage to Washington from his home.”
He adds: “They do that by drugging his drink and he feels groggy and goes to bed, and wakes up one morning a slave.”
‘12 Years a Slave’ is based on the namesake autobiography by Solomon Northup and also stars Brad Pitt, who plays a Canadian abolitionist named Bass. It is Solomon’s chance meeting with Bass that changes his life and he is able to break the shackles of slavery.
Watch Benedict Cumberbatch’s interview for ‘12 Years a Slave’ below and some stills on the pages that follow.