Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Idris Elba has revealed that he spent hours in the make-up chair to look the part of Nelson Mandela.

Elba takes on the role of the former President of South Africa in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom: a movie that is based on the autobiography of the same name.

And while Elba is not use to such a lengthy make-up process he says that it was an 'interesting journey' for him.

"I had four hours every day sitting in the chair from 6am. It was tough. I'm normally five minutes in the make-up chair.

"I was shocked. We did a really interesting journey designing the prosthetics.

"I look nothing like Nelson Mandela so it was more Idris actually ageing than Idris turning into Mandela.

"What came of it was the older we played Mandela, the more I started to look like him, the more the voice, the characteristics and the walk started to come into play."

For his central performance in the film, Elba has picked up a Best Actor - Drama Golden Globe nomination alongside Robert Redford, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Hanks and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

It could be a double win for Elba at the weekend as he has also been nominated for his role in Luther - a gong he won twelve months ago.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is out now.

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