Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor attends the 2013 Variety Screening Series of '12 Years A Slave' at Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas on November 21, 2013 in New York City

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor attends the 2013 Variety Screening Series of ’12 Years A Slave’ at Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas on November 21, 2013 in New York City

*“12 Years a Slave’s” Chiwetel Ejiofor said it took months to leave behind the emotional toll of his starring role in the film.

The Oscar contender tells The Hollywood Reporter the immersive film was “a privilege” to make, though he admits the emotionally demanding part was difficult to shed following the shoot.

“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.”

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