Tag: Nelson Mandela

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

Idris Elba on The Next Step For ‘Luther’, Researching ‘Mandela’ and Trying to Balance His Career

British actor Idris Elba is having a year that many actors would envy. With Pacific Rim already released, he has the third installment of the miniseries Luther on BBC America debuting in September and the two upcoming films, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Thor: The Dark World, coming soon. He recently spoke to reporters during a conference call promoting his upcoming BBC America appearance. Elba talked about juggling a variety of projects over the last year. The Brit shared, “When I’m shooting all of this, it’s all out of sequence by the time it all comes out, so this year ... Read more