Tag: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Going From Playing Nelson Mandela to Filming Thor “Ripped” Idris Elba’s Heart Out

Last Oscar season, Idris Elba was almost a shoo-in for the Best Actor race for playing Nelson Mandela in a Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Unfortunately, the British actor was snubbed, but the role resonated with his long after the cameras finished shooting. Elba dug deep to portray Mandela and spent time in the same cell the anti-apartheid activist lived in for 27 years. He explained, “It was about perspective. He was there for so long, that one room, sleeping there for so long – I had to do one night. And when I think about how my performance came ... Read more

Idris Elba is on the Oscar Hunt with His Role as Nelson Mandela

As Hollywood gears up for awards show season, one name keeps coming up as a possible contender for Best Actor this year—Idris Elba. He plays the role of Nelson Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. With credits to his name like a critically-acclaimed role in The Wire and the BBC One mini-series Luther, the 41-year-old actor wanted to prove that he could take on the iconic figure of Mandela. He immersed himself in the character and even spent a night a Robben Island prison, the same place were the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years behind bars. He ... Read more