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‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ Actor Dwight Henry Added To McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’

'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Actor Dwight Henry Added To McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'

Dwight Henry, the star alongside Quvenzhané Wallis (playing her father) in this year's critically accaimed Benh Zeitlin's Beasts Of The Southern Wild, is the latest addition to the grand, star-studded cast of Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave.

Henry joins the still increasing ensemble which includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Ruth Negga, Taran Killam, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael K. Williams and Chris Chalk.

According to the Washington Post, Henry, owner and operator of Buttermilk Drop Baker in New Orleans, had turned down Behn Zeitlin's offer to star in Beasts three times prior to finally accepting.

Director Zeitlin told the post, “We went there every morning for grits and doughnuts, and we got to know him. He talked about his life, things he had been through, and parts of his life got written into the film. At some point, we realized he was the one we wanted for this film.”

Unsurprisingly, Henry is more than glad to have accepted, given the positive reception of Beasts at Sundance and Cannes earlier this year.

Henry told the post,  “I’m glad I did it, but at the time, I was reluctant to do it, to sacrifice my business that I had worked so hard to open for a chance at a possible movie career."

And, the timing is just right, as production in McQueen's 12 Years begins this week in Henry's New Orleans hometown.

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Mark & Darla

JOB OPENING – Open 1/1/12 – Close until all position full
Director Steve McQueen is hiring blacks everyday to play slaves for his next movie, no experience require, your DNA makes you an expert, just bring an old dirty scarf to tie on your head, natural hair is a must.

Bondgirl

A New Orleanian, playing a New Orleanian (or at least Southern)? Maybe he was hired so that he can give the Brits dialect lessons in between takes. LOL Little Quavenzhane Ellis should play Eliza's daughter, but they probably won't hire them both.

Nikki

Seeing as though there aren't that many films on slavery, I don't get what all the complaints are about. Then again if most of the comments aren't filled with negativity then it must not be Shadow and Act.

Blacktress

I refuse to play a slave this summer..I realize these stories need to be told and retold but it doesn't sit right with me..guess I won't work for another 3-4 years again.. sigh

Micah

Steve McQueen is putting together a seriously solid cast.

the black police

Yay, every black actor will play a slave this year! It's the pinnacle of black acting! Yippie!

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