VIDEO: Why you need to see 12 Years a Slave

If you have not already seen the critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave , then Rob Steinberg will convince you to head to the nearest movie theater.

The hype that has been surrounding Steve McQueen’s slavery-era drama 12 Years a Slave is well deserved and the film and its cast are excelling at award shows. If you haven’t already seen this critically acclaimed film, then we suggest that you do, and we aren’t the only ones with that suggestion.

Rob Steinberg also strongly believes that you need to see this masterpiece. OK, so he may be a little biased because he stars as Mr. Parker, the man who rescues Solomon Northup, but he makes some good points.

Having won Best Motion Picture, Drama at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, 12 Years a Slave is fast becoming a favorite for the 2014 Oscars and has been nominated for nine awards including: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Picture, and Steinberg is thrilled to have been a part of something so special.

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12 Years a Slave is a real tear-jerker and we wanted to know what Steinberg thought the most emotional scene in the movie was.

The Unlawful Entry actor said: “First of all as an actor, as a smaller actor, you only get a limited amount of material so I saw the first couple of pages of the movie in which Solomon Northup meets Mr. Parker.”

“And then I saw the last two pages of the movie in which Mr. Parker comes and rescues Mr. Northup. And in the moment of rescuing I knew it was a powerful moment and that the whole audience that watched this film would feel this great sense of relief.”

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“I teared up when I read the story and I teared up when I read the book. I got goosebumps when I described it to friends. It’s such an honor to be part of something like this and the feelings and emotions that I got to be a part of were all true. They all felt really true.”

So for those who have not yet seen this powerful and emotional pre-Civil War film, Steinberg believes you should because, “You know the phrase that says ‘If you don’t understand your history, you’re doomed to repeat it,’ and American slavery is not that far back in our history, it’s a couple of hundred years ago.

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“If we don’t learn from this story and we don’t see what we did that was wrong, we’re doomed to possibly repeat those mistakes. This movie may be a little hard to watch but the performances are gripping. The energy that people gave is powerful and people will be moved by seeing this movie.

“So they should see this movie, even if it brings you to tears.”

And Steinberg also learned something from this movie. He explained how the role touched him, saying, “There was this friend in my life, a man who was dying and I went back to be with him and his family and I remembered it never felt like a sacrifice. So then when I realized it was done out of love, then I realized who Mr. Parker was to Solomon and it was very easy then to find the character and the message.”

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And what would Steinberg do for an award nomination next year? “Who would I have to sleep with?” the actor joked.

“The bottom line is you want to do good work and good work is all that really matters, and if somebody recognizes that good work then that’s a bonus. But at the time you are doing it, all you want to do is be truthful to the character.”

Said as a true man of honor and integrity. We hope to see more of Rob Steinberg this year and the years to come.

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