Steve McQueen’s Call to Arms: The Making of ‘12 Years a Slave’

From an interview with director Steve McQueen.

McQUEEN I met Brad [Pitt, co-founder of Plan B] and he was very receptive. He didn’t blink.

GARDNER He loved the script and wanted to help get it made, which I think we all knew would entail his being in it. [Pitt plays a small but critical role as a Canadian carpenter and opponent of slavery who helps Northup secure his freedom.]

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