Chiwetel Ejiofor speaking to “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen as he acceptes the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
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"What’s the worst pronunciation you’ve heard of [your] name?" — Ellen DeGeneres
Chiwetel Ejiofor on The Ellen Show, 1/14/2014 [>]
Days ago I was with my family, in my home. Now you tell me all is lost? Tell no one who I am, that’s the way to survive? Well I don’t want to survive. I want to live.
"I knew it was Chiwetel. To me, he was the only person who could play Solomon Northup. We needed someone who had sort of a genuine appeal and someone who had a deep humanity and was a gentleman. That’s why I wanted Chiwetel in that and that was it from day one." — Steve McQueen
"There’s something about him and what he transmits as an actor that’s very honest, very vulnerable, very sharp and you really care for him." — Benedict Cumberbatch
"He’s very experienced and a great actor, I’ve been a fan of his work for a long time, so bright and so ready, it’s kind of incredible." — Michael Fassbender
"He allowed the rest of us to have that same kind of work ethic, ‘let’s go about this with an efficiency and a sense of duty’." — Lupita Nyong’o
"Watching Chiwetel was to me a master class in subtlety and in nuance because he did have these twelve years of this story to tell and I was able to see all of it just alive in him." — Sarah Paulson
"You can’t imagine how difficult it was to do what he had to do. He’s in every scene. Emotionally as an actor it’s a rigorous workout." — Alfre Woodard