Idris Elba on playing Mandela

If I messed up playing Nelson Mandela that would have been the end of my career

Idris Elba

Golden Globe winner, DJ and star of The Wire and Luther, Idris Elba joins us to talk about starring in Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, which opens in cinemas today.

Elba was confused as to why he'd been approached for the role and then found out that Nelson Mandela was a fan of The Wire. He hoped to meet his subject, but in the end Mandela's health prevented it.

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