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  • Beau S.
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    The first poster for the Mandela biopic starring Idris Elba has been released. Interesting how the poster does not contain the title of the film nor the stars, director, etc.

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    Bill Buchanan
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    For a second I was about to ask if this was legit. But then I saw this on Hollywood reporter. Because this is a horrible poster if I’ve ever seen one…

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    Laactingnyc
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    Yeah umm…… that poster kind of sucks. lol. I’ll still give the film a chance and watch it but so far im not really impressed. But i like Idris Elba so im sort of looking forward to it.

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    Baby Clyde
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    #103254

    The poster is fine.

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    Beau S.
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    First teaser trailer released in the UK.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1F89lMDBdI 

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    Beau S.
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    The first official trailer has premiered in honor of Mandela Day.

    http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/mandela-2013/trailers/mandela-trailer-233147492.html

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    Tye-Grr
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    #103257

    Elba looks to give a good performance, and maybe he captures the essence of Mandela, but physically, he just looks nothing like him.

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    BrokenFan
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    The trailer looks like any other feel-good, overcoming evil biopic movie. Elba is a good actor, but I have a hard time believing that he’s Nelson Mandela; he’s acting like Idris Elba. 

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    Nellypologetic
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    The trailer is EPIC. Elba nails the accent but based on the poster it will be distracting. It will be like watching Idris Elba with a South Africa accent instead of watching Nelson Mandelas life if that makes any sense.
    It didn’t work with Morgan Freeman and I doubt it will work with Elba; then again Freeman went onto get a nomination so we will see what happens. Elba himself said though that if people judge him based on how he sounds or looks then they would have missed the point of the movie. I just like a lil realism with my popcorn.
    I think Cuba Gooding could have gotten the look down. Its funny how Bio pic trailers stress each actors strengths. In the Diana trailer they just showed how Watts could resemble the princess but didn’t let us hear her accent and now with Elba they stress the accent but not the look. But why bother getting the accent if you slack off on the look.As an actor you should imerse youeself and transform into character and make-up  can easily aid the process. I am not saying be his twin but at least attempt to try for a resemblance.

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^Exactly. I think he sounds perfect, but he just looks like himself. I think that’s less his fault and more the director’s for not even attempting to use makeup to aid the transformation.

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    Renaton
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    How is Idris to blame for the make-up department?

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    KennerLeaguer
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    This is nonsense. All of a sudden we have a high standard for people actually looking like the real-life folk they play? Did Forest Whitaker look like Idi Amin? No. Outside of DDL playing Lincoln I don’t recall too many actors who looked spot on as their real-life counterparts. And if I may so when it comes to real-life white people Hollywood typically picks actors/actresses who look far better than the actual people being portrayed. Why should it be any different for this film?

    Also I don’t understand the notion that Elba is playing himself. He is playing a young leader who was charismatic enough to get people to follow his dangerous quest as well as playing a man who was known to woo the ladies. Seriously though do any of us here know enough about Mandela’s early days to be so certain that Elba is playing himself rather than Mandela before he became an icon?

    This movie may turn out to be garbage but this trailer is fantastic.

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    BrokenFan
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    “I don’t recall too many actors who looked spot on as their real-life counterparts”

    Except in this case, it looks like they just glued a wig and a set of beard on Elba and said presto, this is Nelson Mendala. They didn’t even try. Again, it’s not Elba’s fault. 

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    circa 1993
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    I wasn’t anticipating this film until after I saw the trailer before a screening of Fruitvale Station. Idris Elba actually looks magnificent in this. I wonder if he can recieve an Oscar nomination? 

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    Tye-Grr
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    How is Idris to blame for the make-up department?

    I said it wasn’t his fault.

    As for other biopics with actors looking like the people they’re portraying, most at least make an attempt. I truly don’t see anything about Elba physically that says Nelson Mandela. That being said, it doesn’t mean he can’t still give a great performance. He looks very good in the trailer.  

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