"MANDELA" ACTORS RESPOND TO NEWS OF THE ICON'S DEATH

Dec 06, 2013

By Scott Walker

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Actors who have portrayed Nelson Mandela on film praised the former South African President.

Idris Elba stars in the new film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

He was attending the British premiere last night when he learned the anti-apartheid icon had died. He said it was a great honour to “portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world.”

 

 

Morgan Freeman played Mandela in Invictusin 2009.

He called Mandela a man of “incomparable honour, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve – a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind.”

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedomis already the highest-grossing film in South African history after one week. It will open in Canada on Christmas day.

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