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'12 Years a Slave's' Chiwetel Ejiofor: It Took Months to Leave Behind Emotional Role

The Oscar contender tells THR the immersive film was "a privilege" to make, though he admits the emotionally demanding role was difficult to leave behind. "My hope was that I'd be able to drop the whole thing, but that wasn't possible," Ejiofor says. "I spent about two months, more or less on my own, just to try and come out of the experience."