“12 YEARS A SLAVE” - CHEWITEL EJIOFOR
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was one of the cruelest scenes in a movie filled with cruelty. Chewitel Ejiofor plays a black man who was born free, but kidnapped and sold to a slave trader in 1841. In one scene, a crowd is stopped from lynching him, but he’s still left dangling, with only his toes touching the ground to protect him from being strangled. Ejiofor says playing that scene gave him the greatest insight into what his character would do to survive. “12 Years a Slave” opened in some cities today.