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Morgan is all praise for Mandela

Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman has revealed that he felt greatly honoured when former South African president and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela asked him to portray him onscreen.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 21:50 IST

Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman has revealed that he felt greatly honoured when former South African president and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela asked him to portray him onscreen.

The Million Dollar Baby star, who has been working on a movie adaptation of Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, since 2002, insists there are more sides to Mandela than most people realise.

"Well, he didn't ask for me but when he was asked whom he would like to play the role, he did use my name, yeah," he was quoted by Contactmusic,as saying.

"I met him on a number of occasions and I told him I was thrilled he wanted me to be him. The first thing you notice about him is his dedication to his country and the depth of his character, his soul, and that he offers so much of himself. The negative side is the heaviest part, the sense of loss - his mom is dead, his children. Nobody knows this side of him," he added.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 09:00 IST