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NOV 04, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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British actor says playing Mandela was a gift

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — British actor Idris Elba says he wanted to capture the spirit of Nelson Mandela, not impersonate him, while playing the role of the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader in a film. Long Walk to Freedom was a gift and that he read a lot to understand the man who spent 27 years in jail under white minority rule and guided South Africa to all-race elections in 1994 that propelled Mandela to the presidency.

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