Nelson Mandela’s autobiography comes to the big screen at TIFF
Monday, September 09, 2013 - 01:31
September 9 - Idris Elba says portraying Nelson Mandela was the role of a lifetime at the premiere of ''Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'' at the Toronto International Film Festival. Joel Flynn reports.
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Some might say its two decades too late.
But Nelson Mandela's autobiographical tale has finally hit the big screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was showcased on Saturday, with British actor Idris Elba - made famous for his role in HBO's "The Wire" - plays the iconic South African leader.
He said the role was always going to have massive challenges.
SOUNDBITE: Actor, Idris Elba, saying (English):
"Everything from the performance aspects, I don't look like Mr. Mandela, how do I capture this man to also just the weight of playing a living legend you know, that everybody can almost do some sort of impression of."
The film tells the story of Mandela's life - from his beginnings in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Naomie Harris plays Mandela's former wife Winnie Mandela
Harris said preparing for the role was a daunting experience - made easier after meeting her real life character.
SOUNDBITE: Actress, Naomie Harris, saying (English):
"Meeting Winnie was incredibly intimidating because she is a really formidable woman, but she was incredibly generous as well. She said look, you have done your research and I trust you. So I trust you to create the role as you see fit so she gave me free reign really."
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" opens in North American theatres on November 29th.
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