Ejiofor sat down to discuss how he connected with the character and what he discovered about his life.
See a part of his interview at MadameNoire.
SOLOMON NORTHUP AS A MAN
He had this depth of spirit and passion, a kind of instinct for life, an absence of hatred. He was able to get rid of anything that wasn’t useful to him, and to only keep things that were gonna keep him alive and keep his mind intact. Hatred was just not gonna be useful. It would only eat him; he didn’t have any place for it.