Along with receiving rave reviews for their performances of Nelson and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris shine as the cover stars of the January 6th issue of JET magazine.
The actors sat down for an in-depth interview with the publication and Idris admitted that he almost passed up on the opportunity.
“At first I wasn’t sure that the role was for me,” the London-bred star revealed. “I expected that they’d want an older actor, someone more distinguished, like Denzel Washington. Plus, I was really stuck on the way Mandela looks and the way I look.”
For Naomie, the decision was instant. She accepted the role right away, however admitted that she only knew one fact about Winnie: “She was Nelson Mandela’s wife.”
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