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Movie of Nelson Mandela's life premieres in South Africa

The man playing Nelson Mandela in a new movie embraces the real-life former wife of the anti-apartheid hero. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was among the family and friends of Nelson Mandela who gathered for the Johannesburg premiere of a new biopic of his life. It was an event made all the more poignant as South Africa's 95-year-old former leader remains critically ill at his nearby home. British actor Idris Elba nearly didn't make it to the film's debut... after being rushed to hospital suffering from a severe asthma attack. But he arrived just in time, and spoke of taking on such a daunting task playing such an iconic figure. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH ACTOR, IDRIS ELBA, SAYING: "If Mr. Madiba can stay in a jail cell for 19 years and they continue to still fight for his country. You know, I can stand here on the red carpet, no problem." Naomie Harris plays Mandela's former wife, a role she found hard to let go of. (SOUNDBITE) (English) A

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