Elba And Freeman Pay Tribute To Mandela
Actors who have portrayed statesman issue statements following his death...
The actors - who have both played him in movies - have both issued statements in the wake of the news last night that the African anti-apartheid hero had died at the age of 95.
Elba - who takes the lead role in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom - said: "What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
"I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba's family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honoured to be associated with him. He is in a better place now."
And Freeman - who played Mandela in 2009 drama Invictus - was also fulsome in his praise for the departed politician.
"Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honour, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve - a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind.
"As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we've come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us."
The audience at the London premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom were told of his death at the end of the movie last night.