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If 12 Years a Slave was made in 1963, who would have played Solomon Northup?
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Sidney Poitier
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    Here are the options for who would have played Solomon Northup if 12 Years a Slave was made in 1963 (50 years earlier). Feel free to vote for your pick.

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    Teridax
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    Poitier because he was the bigger star at the time. I’m a little surprised to not see Ossie Davis as an option at the very least, even though I still think Poitier would have played the part, and done a great job at that.

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    Macca
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    Woody Strode.

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    MHS83
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    We need to consider that Poitier was most likely everyone’s first choice at that time (think Julia Roberts in The Player) and, in the eyes of many execs, the *only* choice because they did not know of any other non-white leading actors. But Poitier could not say Yes to every offer. Which would mean that the film would have never gotten made if Sidney did not agree to do it.

    But it is fun to play time-travelling games where we can be a mid-century exec with 21st century sensibilities. In that case, I would like to see Louis Gossett and Godfrey Cambridge read for the part.

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    Sidney would have easily snatched that role

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