Chiwetel Ejiofor has admitted that the decision to take the starring role in the
critically-lauded 12 Years A Slave was by no means an easy one.
The actor is hotly tipped to scoop an Oscar nomination after already securing a nod from the Golden Globes.
However, when the script first came his way, he more than felt the pressure of the task at hand.
"When I read the script, I thought it was an extraordinary story but I did feel the weight and the responsibility of it," he told the BBC. "I didn't want to be the guy that messed it up... I just questioned myself and was stuck for a moment with the questions of whether I could do (it).
"My head was filled with all those questions."
The movie, directed by Steve McQueen, is based on the true story of an African-American man born free but later kidnapped and sold into slavery.