Actors Idris Elba
and Morgan Freeman
, who portrayed Nelson Mandela
in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
” and “Invictus
,” respectively, have responded to the death of the iconic South African president. Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein
also weighed in. “What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela
and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family,” said Elba, who later issued a second statement. “I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the.