Powerful Performances: Oprah Sits Down With Actors From Top Movies

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Recently, Oprah, sat down with Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, and Chiwetel Ejiofor to discuss not only their roles in their respected movies but a few personal things as well. Check out the videos below to see what each gentleman had to say.

Chiwetel Ejiofor on the Physical and Psychological Torture of Slavery

In the acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northup, a free man sold into slavery. This true story, directed by Steve McQueen, is based on Solomon’s autobiography, which he published shortly after regaining his freedom. Now, Chiwetel shares how he was inspired by Solomon and his journey. Plus, find out what Oprah admires most about Chiwetel’s moving performance.

Fruitvale Station Star Michael B. Jordan: “Black Males, We Are America’s Pit Bulls”

Michael B. Jordan, an actor who got his start when he was just 12 years old, is earning rave reviews for his portrayal of Oscar Grant III in Fruitvale Station, a film that tells the true story of a young father shot to death by a transit officer at an Oakland, California, subway stop in 2009. Watch as he shares the challenges of playing a real person. Plus, Michael explains the symbolism of the pit bull in the movie.

Idris Elba’s Chilling Night in a South African Prison

Prior to Nelson Mandela’s death, Oprah sat down with Idris Elba, the actor who portrays the former South African president, a leader affectionately known as Madiba, in the new biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Watch as Idris opens up about preparing for the role of a lifetime with a trip to Robben Island, the South African prison where Mandela spent 18 years.


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