Golden Globe-Nominated Idris Elba Talks Playing Nelson Mandela

January 7, 2014 5:01 pm
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Idris Elba is gearing up for the potential to take home not one, but two Golden Globes awards on Sunday.

The actor is nominated for his work in the miniseries Luther and the lead role in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

And we could only wonder, just how daunting is it to play an iconic figure like Nelson Mandela?

“I was very nervous about playing Mr. Mandela,” Idris tells On Air with Ryan Seacrest. ”You know, if I messed that up, I’d never work again. He’s such a world figure and everyone loves him, so I was definitely nervous for sure.”

Catch Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom out in theaters now.


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