Working with Leonardo was especially exciting, Djimon says, because of the immense admiration he has for Leonardo's work. "When I first heard that he was going to be attached to the story, I was so excited," Djimon says.
Djimon remembers that Leonardo was especially gracious when they were at former South African President Nelson Mandela's house. As attention turned to Leonardo, he quickly shifted the conversation to include Djimon. "He turned around and looked at Mandela and said, 'Mandela, this gentleman here was assigned to play your life story at one point.'"