Watch the 40-minute TIFF press conference for 12 Years a Slave with Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and more:
Read the first reviews here.
Ok, a rant will follow, because I just cannot hold it in anymore. The rant is about TYAS and Fassbender and his fans. There it goes.
1) We are not fangirling about Edwin Epps. We are fangirling about Michael Fassbender. Actor is not his character. Michael Fassbender is not a rapist and a slave owner. He’s an actor who did his job (apparently immensely well, judging by some people’s reaction). So he can have lovely, friendly relationship with Chiwetel and Lupita, because they are actors too, not slaves. Get it? Actor. Character. Not. Same.
2) It is possible to fangirl about Michael Fassbender the Hot Actor and still want to see the movie for its important message & artistic beauty. The two are not mutually exclusive. Believe me, most Fassinators will forget how handsome he is once they see the story. It is also possible to like Fassbender and like other actors & admire their craft too. So, just because I am a Fassinator, does not mean I want to see TYAS for Fassbender’s ginger beard and billowy shirt. Give us some credit, goddamit.
3) Yes, Michael said he was trying to make Epps human. Yes, he said Epps was tragic. That does not mean he was trying to dilute the evil there. He was trying to make his character realistic. This film would not have its effect if Epps was some catroon baddie. Upbeating the tragic humanity of the evil is what makes the evil stand out. It’s what makes the white audience question themselves. You want that. You don’t want a monster no-one would identify with, that’s pointless.
4) Please, don’t accuse the film of fetishising slavery or violence before you see the movie. Bascially, please don’t judge the film before you see it. That is super dumb.
“I just think he’s a human being… somebody who is very lost.”
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