Thursday, December 19, 2013

Idris Elba speaks out about the moment he found out Madiba had passed on

Idris Elba, the actor portraying Madiba in the new movie "Long Walk to Freedom" says he was stunned (as we all where) when he heard about the former leader's passing. The timing of it all was weird- he was at the London screening of the movie and he found out midway through  the movie. Here's his account:

 'Literally halfway through the film Mandela had passed and there was sort of a slight buzz around the auditorium. Interestingly, the Duchess, Kate, sort of turned to me and looked at me as she had her phone and I wondered what was wrong with her because she looked quite emotional, but the film's very emotional.

'And my girlfriend looked at me and handed the phone and I looked down and Mandela had passed and it was on a website. It was just the most surreal moment. I looked back at Kate and Prince William and they were just in tears with me. It was just odd. very odd.

'There's a moment in the film and I play older Mandela and he says this one line and it is 'just open the gate and let me free' - and I kid you not, that that was that line when we heard the news that was on the screen.'

Wow! Idris and the film's producers decided he should make an announcement to the audience who had gathered within the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London.

'It only felt appropriate to say what had happened and honestly there was an audible gasp in the auditorium. Some people didn't know, they had their phones off. It was just surreal. It was very odd, after seeing the credits and I walk on stage. They were giving me a nice round of applause but it was just this moment where I had to say please sit down, and announcing the official speech from president Zuma of South Africa. It was just weird.'

I bet. Do you remember where you were? I was at a business lunch and everything just changed when we heard about Mandela's passing. I could hardly contain my tears. Such a loss right?

Don't miss 'Long Walk to Freedom' when it hits theaters on Christmas Day in the US.


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