In casting "12 Years a Slave," CD Francine Maisler challenged actors' types to deliver memorable performances.
The British actor was so daunted by the responsibility of playing a real-life escaped slave he came close to not taking the part. Then he reconsidered.
In the opening days of the Toronto Film Festival, 'Prisoners' and '12 Years a Slave' continued to build build. Films like 'The Fifth Estate' and 'Parkland' didn't fare as well.