Danny Glover | 'Mandela' (1987)

The narrative: This HBO made-for-TV movie explores Nelson Mandela's quest from a brilliant young lawyer to an avid anti-apartheid political activist. Filmed in Zimbabwe, the tale depicts Mandela's time in jail and his wife's perseverance to promote reconciliation between blacks and whites of South Africa. Actor's push: "You make the words your own, so [Mandela's] great speech on the dock is not unlike Dr. King's speech on the March on Washington in 1963," said Glover. "Not only were they simple words that I was memorizing on the page, they were my words and I took ownership of the words." Did he meet Mr. Mandela? Yes, the pair met one other during Mandela's very first trip to Boston, Massachusetts in 1990, shortly after Mandela was released from a 27-year stay in prison. "He often calls me his son," Glover said. "I'm sure I'm one of many... that would be honored to be referred to as his son."
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