- Epps is one mean, evil Southern plantation master – or is he?
Michael : Well, I don’t understand the word evil. For me to go away and formulate an evil character: I wouldn’t know how to do that. That word doesn’t give me any help. But somebody who’s in love with a black slave, him being a plantation owner, somebody who’s not the sharpest tool in the box, who’s perhaps married above his station in society. Now, those are things I can work with. Those are things that can unravel a character.