Mandela filmmakers shoulder heavy burden
TORONTO, Canada (AFP) - Nelson Mandela's is no easy act to follow, the cast and crew of a new biopic on the anti-apartheid icon said Sunday at the film's world premiere.
Actor Idris Elba, who took on the role of South Africa's beloved, ailing former president, recalled that during filming several people "looked me in the eye and said, 'Do you understand the responsibility that you have here, pal?'"
"I wasn't expecting to be completely accepted as Madiba immediately for various reasons," the actor told reporters at the Toronto film festival using a term of endearment for Mandela.
"There was certainly a willingness for us to go for it, but know that you only have one chance, there's no messing about with this character and this story," he said.