Elba worried about looking like Madiba

By Drum Digital
09 December 2013

Actor Idris Elba was worried that he didn't look like Nelson Mandela when he took on the role.

Idris plays the beloved South African leader in the film "Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom."

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he explained: ''My worry was I don't look like Mandela.”

But the director Justin Chadwick was convinced Elba was the right person for the film.

“Justin just said, 'Don't worry about it'. But I was saying, 'No one is going to believe me. I am too dark-skinned'. Justin was like, 'It's the presence we want.'''

Speaking out about the passing of the iconic anti-apartheid activist Idris said: 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.”

- DRUM Reporter

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