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Morgan Freeman honours 'true giant' Nelson Mandela

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Dec 06, 2013 | 6:56am EST

Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman has spoken out to honour Nelson Mandela as a "man of incomparable honour" following the civil rights icon's death on Thursday (05Dec13). Freeman played the former South African president in Clint Eastwood's 2009 drama Invictus, which focused on the political changes in the country in the aftermath of apartheid as the nation hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Mandela passed away on Thursday at the age of 95, and Freeman has now spoken out to honour the man he played on the big screen. He says, "Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honour, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve - a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. "As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we've come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us." British actor Idris Elba is the latest star to play Mandela on the big screen, and news of his death broke while he was attending the London premiere of his biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Elba gave a statement in the aftermath of the sad news, and subsequently revealed his feelings in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, "I'm stunned, crushed, in mourning with you and his family, I feel only honoured to have portrayed him. He's in a better place now. RIP NM."

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