Idris Elba for VOGUE Magazine [Jan. 2014]

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Idris Elba strikes a pose for his feature in the January 2014 issue of VOGUE.

In this issue, the actor speaks on taking on the role of Nelson Mandela in ‎Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

 

Here are few of Elba’s Vogue highlights.
On becoming Nelson Mandela:
“I’ve been told I have presence. I’ve been told I’m charismatic. But I’m not Nelson Mandela. 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 I would be the challenge: to create Mr. Mandela’s presence on film for people who have never met him. I didn’t want to do an impression. You can tell quite a bit about someone by the way they write. He’s a quite methodical man. He was very tidy. Extremely tidy. I’m not like that. I land here. And I use my environment however I wish.”
On proving to everyone that he can be Mandela:
“I stood up and talked to these extras. I’m looking them in the eye, and I know what they’re thinking. ‘You’re not South African. You don’t look like Mandela. Show me something.'”
On his blooming career:
“It’s quite interesting for me when someone comes up to me and says, ‘Yo, man, I haven’t seen you working much. What’s going on? I’ll say, ‘Oh, I’ve done bits and pieces here and there.'”

Posted on December 20, 2013, in ENTERTAINMENT NEWS and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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