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Screen Stars Pay Tribute To Nelson Mandela

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12/07/2013 6:03 pm
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Screen Stars Pay Tribute To Nelson Mandela
Media Courtesy of Don McPhee for The Guardian
  Adrienne Tyler

Staff Writer

Among the many tributes that have been made to the late South African President Nelson Mandela, it's important to highlight the ones that starred Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert and most recently Idris Elba as they have all portrayed the South African leader on screen. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is the highly-anticipated biopic starring Idris Elba, which follows the story of the South African leader from opposing apartheid to becoming president. Elba said in a recent statement following Mandela's death: "What an honour 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. I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba's family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honoured to be associated with him. He is in a better place now". Invictus is the 2009 movie that tells the story of South Africa hosting the Rugby World Cup in 1995 following the dismantling of the apartheid. It was directed by Clint Eastwood and starred Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman as Mandela. Freeman also had some words to say after Mandela's passing: "Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was 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 human kind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we've come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us". Dennis Haysbert portrayed the Peace Nobel prize winner on the 2007 drama Goodbye Bafana (The Colour of Freedom), alongside Joseph Fiennes, about the relationship between Mandela and James Gregory, his censor officer and prison guard. "Portraying Nelson Mandela, in the film Goodbye Bafana was a defining moment in my life and my career. We as society, have been blessed to live in a time that Nelson Mandela has lived, loved and led. What he has done for his country, his countrymen, and everyone on this planet may not be achieved again… ever. I will always honour him as a saint". Nelson Mandela will receive a state funeral next Sunday, December 15. You can watch the trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom here [youtube=]


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