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Idris Elba: ‘Children Need To Be Inspired’ By Stories Like Mandela’s

Mon, December 2, 2013 4:46pm EDT by Add first Comment
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Idris, 41, stars as the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in the new film ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.’ The expectant dad EXCLUSIVELY shared his views with on why Mandela’s story can inspire children!

We knew that Idris Elba was going to be a wonderful father when the news broke that he and his girlfriend Naiyana Garth were expecting their first child together. However, the Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom star cemented our thoughts when he spoke about children today needing heroes. The film’s director, Justin Chadwick, also told us why Idris was a perfect pick for the role!

Idris Elba At Mandela Screening: ‘Children Need To Be Inspired’

U2 and Anna Wintour, with Burberry and The Cinema Society, hosted a special screening of The Weinstein Company’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on Nov. 25 in NYC. The film tells the story of why Nelson Mandela is a great man and inspiration — and Idris told EXCLUSIVELY why it’s important that future generations know about him!

“Children need to be inspired and need to hear the great stories of kings and the Mandelas of the world. Otherwise they will grow up and think, ‘Who is my hero?’ Mandela’s story isn’t that old,” he told us.

So sweet! We know that Idris’ future child will be extremely educated thanks to his dad and mom.

Idris Elba: Why The ‘Mandela’ Star Is ‘Humble’ & ‘Brave’ also wanted to know what qualities Idris possessed to play such a huge and important role!

“I didn’t want an exact lookalike for the role. Idris is a humble man and a gentleman. He has warmth and magnetism that is beautiful and true,” Justin told EXCLUSIVELY. “He’s brave to portray such a huge leader. It takes heart. He’s a true, honest actor.”

“We know Mandela from the history books, but I wanted to see him as a man, a husband, a father. I had access to men and women who knew him intimately from his early days. I tried to capture him as a flesh and blood man,” he stated. The film was released on Nov. 29.

Will YOU see Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!

— Ivy Jacobson

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