Morgan Freeman and Nelson Mandela
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At 91 years old, Nelson Mandela remains one of the world's most influential leaders. To capture every nuance of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Morgan says he spent a lot of time with him over the years. "I had told him long ago, 'Listen, if I'm going to play you, I need to have access to you," he says. "So over the years, we became friends, and I watched him very carefully and learned how to be him a little bit."

Morgan admits spending time with Mandela was at first intimidating. "What do you say when you meet somebody like that?" he says. "All you can think of to say is, 'I'm honored to meet you, sir.' And then shut up."

FROM: Roger Ebert Speaks for the First Time, Plus Morgan Freeman and Colin Firth
Published on February 26, 2010

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