Mandela Approved Of Elba’s Acting

S.African royals concerned at Mandela family ‘instability’

The widow of Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel (C), and his x-wife Winnie Mandela Madikizela (R), arrive for South African former president Nelson Mandela's funeral ceremony in Qunu on December 15, 2013

Speaking before Mandela’s death, Idris said: “I think he has seen some of it, clips. I think he has been very complimentary about parts of the film he saw, almost in disbelief, like it has been done well.” The actor admitted that Mandela even thought that Idris was him in certain scenes.
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Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

[ David Kilgour: Current leadership can learn from Mandela’s lessons of the past ] Such peripheral events detracted from U.S. President Barack Obamas tribute to Mandela, and his pithy summary that, It took a man like Mandela to liberate not just the prisoner, but the jailer as well. For what Mandela accomplished was historically unique: the peaceful transfer of political authority from a long-dominant, powerful minority to a long-suppressed majority. In contrast, does anyone expect that we will see a comparable power transfer among the royals of the Middle East?
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Screenwriter of long-awaited Nelson Mandela film pays tribute to South Africa’s inspirational leader

Screenwriter William Nicholson

“We also felt that we owe the South Africans apology for allowing a state of turmoil to begin in the house of the statesman and the world icon who sacrificed his life for all South Africans, Africans and the world.” Local media last week reported to squabbling over Mandela’s estate and that his widow Graca Machel had faced rejection and abuse and was told to leave the Johannesburg home she shared with Mandela once he died. View gallery Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, attends a Farewell Service for South African former p The royals threw their backing behind Machel who they said represented Mandela “in all matters of the Mandela family”. “Immediate family members must mourn and their actions must resemble the dignity that Madiba deserves,” said spokesman Daludumo Mtirara, referring to Mandela’s clan name. The meeting also backed Mandela’s grandson Mandla as head of the family, dismissing as “disrespectful” his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s naming of his surviving daughter Makaziwe in the position. Madikizela-Mandela earlier this month denied there was a dynastic battle within the extensive family.
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Post-Mandela South Africa: Racial tension and violence are likely to return

He added: It amazed me that Winnie embraced it but I think the reason is that there have been a lot of films about Winnie and they have all been terrible. When she saw this, she thought, Thank God, somebody is attempting to understand why I became what I became. Before going on general release, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was specially screened for a series of powerful people, including US President Barack Obama, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, Senator John McCain and former general Colin Powell. Prince William and Kate were the VIP guests at the films London premiere. But the big question has been how the film would be received in Mandelas homeland. And there was more positive feedback after its premiere in South Africa. Screenwriter William Nicholson Getty Images Nicholson said: The reaction was astounding. They went crazy for it. That is not as obvious a result as it may sound. I was kind of dreading the South African response. I thought there would have been endless people asking why this person or event was missing from the film. That has not happened and the reason for that is they are kind of weary of poor-quality films about Mandela that dont give you any notion of what made Mandela the man he was and the price he has had to pay. This is a very big movie. The writer admits that there were spells when he worried about the script ever reaching the big screen.
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