Celebrity

Mandela daughters ask that film's premiere go on

LONDON (AP) — Prince William and others attending the London premiere of a new film about Nelson Mandela were told of his death Thursday night as the closing credits rolled.

The news broke during the premiere. Stopping the screening of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was discussed, but Mandela's daughters asked that the film continue, a spokesman with the production said Thursday night.

His two youngest daughters, who were at the premiere, were told of their father's death during the screening "and immediately left the cinema," a statement from the Nelson Mandela Foundation said. The film's producer, Anant Singh, announced Mandela's death once the film was over, and he called for a moment of silence.

The audience included the film's stars and William and his wife, Kate. "It was extremely sad and tragic news," William said upon leaving. When asked on the red carpet on her way into the premiere about her father, Zindzi Mandela had said, "My father is fine. ... He's just a typical 95-year-old who is frail."

Actor Idris Elba, who plays Mandela in the film, later said in a statement: "I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba's family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth; I only feel honored to be associated with him."

Many South Africans called Mandela by his clan name, Madiba, which means "reconciler," as a token of affection and respect.

Related Headlines

  • Idris Elba

    Idris Elba welcomes baby son Winston

    Idris Elba has welcomed a baby boy named Winston. The actor tweeted Friday that his son was born Thursday, adding a photo of the baby's tiny hand gripping his finger. 

  • Idris Elba

    'Mandela' to screen for Obama at White House

    The Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" will get an audience from President Barack Obama, as well as a screening at the Kennedy Center hosted by Hillary ... 

  • AP PHOTOS: Peter O'Toole dies at 81

    Peter O'Toole's big break came in David Lean's blockbuster epic "Lawrence of Arabia" which launched his rise to global stardom. After a career that spanned over 60 years and ... 

  • George Clooney

    Sacha Baron Cohen spices up newly televised awards

    Now that the Britannia Awards are televised, viewers can see Sacha Baron Cohen knock an 87-year-old woman out of her wheelchair. Cohen "accidentally" pushed the woman's ... 

Find your future job here