September 9 - Idris Elba says portraying Nelson Mandela was the role of a lifetime at the premiere of ''Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'' at the Toronto International Film Festival. Joel Flynn reports.
Some might say its two decades too late. But Nelson Mandela's autobiographical tale has finally hit the big screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was showcased on Saturday, with British actor Idris Elba - made famous for his role in HBO's "The Wire" - plays the iconic South African leader. He said the role was always going to have massive challenges. SOUNDBITE: Actor, Idris Elba, saying (English): "Everything from the performance aspects, I don't look like Mr. Mandela, how do I capture this man to also just the weight of playing a living legend you know, that everybody can almost do some sort of impression of." The film tells the story of Mandela's life - from his beginnings in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Naomie Harris plays Mandela's former wife Winnie Mandela Harris said preparing for the role was a daunting experience - made easier after meeting her real life character. SOUNDBITE: Actress, Naomie Harris, saying (English): "Meeting Winnie was incredibly intimidating because she is a really formidable woman, but she was incredibly generous as well. She said look, you have done your research and I trust you. So I trust you to create the role as you see fit so she gave me free reign really." "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" opens in North American theatres on November 29th.