Hayley Atwell has caused an uproar by deeming critically acclaimed movie 12 Years A Slave as "torture porn".
The British actress sparked a debate on Twitter when she shared her thoughts on Steve McQueen's movie, which tells the true story of a free man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Atwell described the real life story as "remarkable" but criticized McQueen's inclusion of scenes depicting brutal rape and violence.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Captain America: The First Avenger star writes, "OK. I'm going to say it. 12 Years a Slave...' movie.. felt like a film for ignorant middle class white people.
"Yes. I'm saying it.... But the true story is remarkable and important and the film was torture porn."
12 Years A Slave received nine Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor for its star Chiwetel Ejiofor.