It’s a role that intimidates even truly seasoned actors. These men have all played one of the world’s most revered statesmen.
The real Mandela in movies
In the 1992 Spike Lee biographical film Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela – recently released from prison – had a cameo role as a Soweto schoolteacher reciting a portion of one of Malcolm X’s most famous speeches.
The 1996 documentary Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation is Madiba’s official film biography. Co-produced by Jonathan Demme, who directed The Silence of the Lambs, it features exclusive interviews with and narrations by Mandela himself. It was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar.
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