Idris Elba Talks Nelson Mandela in Vogue January 2014

Posted Wednesday December 18, 2013 2:23 PM GMT

With his biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" slated to hit theaters Christmas Day (December 25), Idris Elba scored a feature in the January 2014 issue of Vogue magazine.

During his interview with the publication, the "Thor" star opened up about taking on the iconic role as political hero Nelson Mandela.

A few highlights from Mr. Elba's Q&A session are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Vogue!

On becoming 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 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 growing 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.'"

Photo Credit: Anton Corbijn for Vogue

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