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Paul Giamatti has been singing the praises of Steve McQueen

Paul Giamatti has been singing the praises of Steve McQueen

Paul Giamatti has been singing the praises of Steve McQueen

Paul Giamatti has paid tribute to his "amazing" Twelve Years A Slave director Steve McQueen.

The Sideways star plays a slave trader in Shame filmmaker Steve's new drama, which also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender.

Paul told Collider: "He was amazing. He is a really, really interesting guy. The way it was shot, he is a very interesting dude.

"This movie could be really freaky. His whole take on it is to take any kind of modern sensibility off of it and just create a world in which it's completely normal that people get chained up and beaten and sold to each other. He wanted to create a sense in which it's totally normal, so he's not commenting on it, at all."

Paul, whose character is required to manhandle the slaves, admitted: "(Steve) doesn't whitewash, at all. I couldn't believe some of the stuff that I had to do to some of these people."

But he added: "For me, it was actually oddly easy. For the people I was doing it to, I'm sure it was hard. I had to handle these people in weird ways, like they were livestock. These people were remarkable."

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