Freeman Always Knew He’d Be Mandela

December 7, 2009 by  
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Morgan Freeman has said that he spent his life preparing to play Nelson Mandela.

Freeman, who will play Mandela in the new Clint Eastwood directed film Invictus, which tells the story of the leader’s life during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and also stars Matt Damon, told Parade magazine,

“This may sound stupid, but as an actor you embody the role, and whatever you say is from total conviction,” he said.

Freeman said that he first met Mandela in the 90s and “He told me he wanted me to play him in a movie someday. I said, ‘Then I need access to you, and I need to be able to hold your hand’. And he said, ‘We’ll do that’. So anytime we were anywhere in proximity after that, we’d schmooze.”

“I’ve always been preparing for the time I stepped in front of the camera as him. The luckiest part of my entire existence is finding this script and sending it to Clint, and then he said, ‘Yes’.”

Whilst Morgan Freeman is the obvious choice for Nelson Mandela, you would have thought he’d make an effort with the accent. Nelson Mandela’s got one of the most distinctive voices in the world, Freeman sounds like his narrating Shawshank 2. Judge for yourself:

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