Although Epps is one of the most brutal characters that Fassbender has ever had to portray, he’s hopeful that the audience won’t simply see him as being a two-dimensional villain. “It’s important to look at him as a person. I had to find that human being in there and not just play him as the evil slave owner,” he says. “A lot of people are likely to say ‘oh my God Epps is so evil’ and I don’t understand that. He’s a human being who’s caught up in something so complicated and so unjust, but definitely not evil – I don’t even understand that word."