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Morgan Freeman, Idris Elba, Terrence Howard comment on Nelson Mandela death

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As the world mourns the passing of civil-rights icon/former South African president Nelson Mandela (he died at age 95 on Dec. 5, 2013), some of the actors who played him in movies have released statements commenting on Mandela.

Here are their comments:

Morgan Freeman, "Invictus" (2009): "Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve — a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind.

Idris Elba, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (2013): “What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Terrence Howard, "Winnie" (2013): "Mandela shall be missed but his spirit remains with us as long as we remember the principal of greater love for one another and respect for oneself. "Rest well brother until the world cries again for the warmth of your brilliant light!"

Here is a list of movies with actors who portrayed Mandela: Most these movies are currently available on VOD, except for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," which is currently in limited release in theaters and will be available on VOD in 2014 on a date to be announced.

  • "Endgame" (2009 TV-movie) with Clarke Peters as Mandela
  • "Goodbye Bafana" (2007) with Dennis Haysbert as Mandela
  • "Invictus" (2009) with Morgan Freeman as Mandela
  • "Mandela" (1987 TV-movies) with Danny Glover as Mandela
  • "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (2013) with Idris Elba as Mandela
  • "Mandela and de Klerk" (1997 TV-movie) with Sidney Poitier as Mandela
  • "Mrs. Mandela" (2010 TV-movie) with David Harewood as Mandela
  • "Winnie" (2013) with Terrence Howard as Mandela

Dec. 11, 2013 update: In honor of the life and achievements of visionary leader Nelson Mandela, STARZ and ENCORE will present a simulcast across the flagship stations this Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, starting at 12 p.m. EST/PST, of three films depicting his life, including "Mandela" (documentary,1996), "Mandela and De Klerk" (feature, 1997), and "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony" (music documentary, 2002).

Starz in Black will also air "Mandela" on Dec. 15, 2013, at 9 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. ET/PT and Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony at 1:00pm ET/PT. Encore Black will air Mandela and De Klerk on Dec. 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. EST/PST.


"Mandela" (1996)

This Oscar-nominated documentary traces the life of South African president Nelson Mandela, beginning with his early childhood. His work as an anti-apartheid activist, his prison sentence and eventual release, are recounted. (Featuring footage of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, and F.W. de Klerk)

"Mandela and de Klerk" (1997)

Civil rights activist Nelson Mandela and South African President F.W. De Klerk -- onetime ideological enemies -- see their nation through the potentially explosive transition from apartheid to racial equity in this Golden Globe® nominated drama. (Starring Sidney Poitier, and Michael Caine)

Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (2002)

Music played a major role in the South African struggle against apartheid and this Black Reel® winning documentary chronicles that emotional journey via archival footage, interviews and performances. (Starring Duma Ka Ndlovu, Vusi Mahlasela, and Walter Cronkite)

Starz and Encore simulcast

Dec. 14, 2013

12 p.m. "Mandela" (documentary, 1996)

2 p.m. "Mandela and De Klerk" (feature, 1997)

4 p.m. "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony" (music documentary, 2002)

Starz in Black

Dec. 15, 2013

9 a.m. "Mandela" (documentary, 1996)

1 p.m. "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony" (music documentary, 2002)

2:45 p.m. "Mandela" (documentary, 1996)

Encore Black

Dec. 15, 2013

11 a.m. "Mandela and De Klerk" (feature, 1997)

4:45 p.m. "Mandela and De Klerk" (feature, 1997)

*All times EST/PST


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