The Luther star plays the late South African President in Justin Chadwick’s biopic, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and Mandela watched some footage before he died. 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. “I did not get specific feedback but he did think I was him. He said, ‘Oh! Is that me? How did they get me walking up that hill?’,” he recalled. “When they told him it was me, he laughed. That’s a massive compliment on its own, you know.” Idris never met Mandela but he met his ex-wife Winnie (played in the film by Naomie Harris) and two of his daughters, Zindzi and Zenani. “I met Winnie, Zindzi and Zenani who have been really helpful from day one about helping me figure out who I’m playing. It was a real treat to sit down with them,” he said. “They love it. They are very moved by it, it’s very personal to them and there are some high emotions,” he added.
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Archbishop Welby says ’emulate Mandela’ in 2014 message
“Nelson Mandela said that dealing with poverty is not an act of charity; it’s an act of justice. He said every generation has the chance to be a great generation and we can be that great generation.” He recalled a first year in office marked by the rapid succession of contrasting events. The archbishop said he had to “pinch himself” to think he was present at the christening of Prince George He said he had experienced some “incredible high points”, including his own installation in a spectacular service at Canterbury Cathedral, and the christening of Prince George in October.
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“Last year tour guides took two or three visiting groups a day to the sliding stone. Over the past two weeks this number has increased to between 15 and 20,” spokesperson Nokuzola Tetani said in a statement. The visitors, both local and foreign, were interested in seeing the historically important sites associated with Mandela. “Such sites included the sliding stone where Mr Mandela used to play, and the ruins of his primary school.” She said the “once sleepy village” was becoming a South African pilgrimage site. Visitors were keen to visit Mandela’s grave, but were not yet allowed to. At present they could only see it from a nearby hill. Tetani could not say when the public would be allowed to visit the grave as this depended on the family. The visitor numbers were creating opportunities for the museum’s accredited tour guides, youths from Qunu. “The museum has exposed the guides to a variety of important sites in Qunu and neighbouring villages of Mvezo, Tyalara and Mqhekezweni.” She said the museum was helping to establish a Qunu tourist guide association. Former president Nelson Mandela