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Idris Elba stunned by Mandela role

2013-02-11 14:17
 
Idris Elba Nelson Mandela
London - Idris Elba was "blown away" when he was offered the role of Nelson Mandela.

The London-born actor was stunned to be told he had won the part of the legendary anti-apartheid activist and former President of South Africa in forthcoming film Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, and he has spent hours researching the role.

He said: "I was blown away. Me? Nelson? No way, no way! You want a real man, not a man from Hackney.

"I was deeply important for me to understand where Mandela came from. Because we know where he was going, and that's a famous story, but who was he?

"Where did he come from? What was his upbringing? And that's what we focus on in the film."

The 40-year-old star isn't worried about impressing anyone who watches the movie after the 94-year-old former politician voiced his approval for Idris taking on the role.

While watching a clip of the Thor star portraying him, he said: "Is that me?"

Idris added to Britain's GQ magazine: "Game over. Thank you. So whether anyone else sees this film, I don't care. If I can convince the man himself that's enough for me. "

- BangShowBiz

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