ByAbi Toll, writer at
Abi Toll

The former South African president Nelson Mandela, who yesterday, died at the age of 95, was most famously known for his role in ending the South African Apartheid. A towering historical figure, standing alongside other civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King, his life has inevitably been chronicled in numerous films and we have 5 of them here via GQ:

Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Idris Elba in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' (2013)

The British actor is lined up to play the former South African leader in the newest adaptation of his memoirs in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Morgan Freeman in Invictus (2009)

Morgan Freeman in 'Invictus' (2009)

Invictus, directed by , shows inhabiting the role during the election period, just after completing 27 years in prison:

The film focuses on the World Cup Rugby 1995 episode during which Nelson Mandela had used the national team and the values โ€‹โ€‹of sport to unite a country torn apart by apartheid.

GQ mention that the title is a reference to:

The poem by William Ernest Henley, mentor Mandela in his cell reciting the famous lines:

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

Danny Glover in Mandela (1987)

Danny Glover in 'Mandela' (1987)

In Mandela, portrays the man post prison release in 1987, at a time when he was 'still a political opponent'.

Dennis Haysbert in Goodbye Bafana (2007)

Dennis Haysbert in 'Goodbye Bafana' (2007)

Actor embodies Mandela for this adaptation, where James Gregory plays the role of the jailer who was responsible for 'controlling the mail Nelson Mandela received' during his 25 year imprisonment.

GQ explain that Goodbye Bafana is:

Based on the novel of the custodian, the film focuses on the relationship between the two men on both sides of the bars.

Nelson Mandela in Malcolm X (1992)

Nelson Mandela in 'Malcolm X' (1992)

This film was made when the former South African president was just out of prison, and who also appeared 'in the biopic of another famous activist Malcolm X, directed by '.

Source: GQ magazine

Can you think of any more interesting Mandela documentations? What does Nelson Mandela symbolise for you?

Read more about the new Mandela film here.



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