Actor Idris Elba who portrays Nelson Mandela in the recently released film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is reacting to the passing of the freedom fighter. Mandela died on Thursday Dec. 5 after a long illness the same day a royal screening of the film was being held in London, England in which members of his family and Elba attended. The television and film star took to his official Twitter page early Friday and shared his feelings about the late human rights icon.
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"I'm stunned, crushed, in mourning with you and his family, I feel only honoured to have portrayed him. He's in a better place now. RIP NM."
Elba joins an impressive list of actors who have portrayed the late anti-apartheid leader on the big and small screen. Among them are Morgan Freeman from the 2009 film “Invictus“, Terrence Howard from the movie “Winnie Mandela” with Jennifer Hudson and Danny Glover who starred as the former South African President in the 1987 television movie “Mandela”.
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” opened in US theaters on Friday, Nov. 29.