British actor, Idris Elba, dominates in January 2014’s Vogue issue in a spread about his newest movie premiere: Long Walk to Freedom. One of my favorite actors, because of his execution in any kind of role, he’s sure not to disappoint portraying the legend and hero, Nelson Mandela.
On meeting Mandela:
“He’s a nice guy,” he tells me. (They’ve met once before, at a state dinner where Elba was a guest of Britain’s prime minister.) “I go to shake his hand, and he’s like, ‘Come on, man! Give me a dap.’ ”
On playing Mandela:
“I’ve been told I have presence. I’ve been told I’m charismatic. But I’m not Nelson Mandela,” he jokes. “Everybody has a sense of who Mandela is — his nobleness, his white hair, his voice. Those were big shoes to fill. I felt like that would be the challenge: to create Mr. Mandela’s presence on film for people who have never met him.”
Excited for Idris and his many achievements!
Photos & excerpts retrieved from Vogue.com