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Exclusive: Behind The Scenes With Idris Elba & Naomie Harris For Jet

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Idris Elba and Naomie Harris grace the cover of JET magazine and HipHollywood has exclusive footage inside the photoshoot.

The British actors both star in the soon to be released biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and discuss creating the movie and Mandela’s legacy inside the edition.

“I didn’t feel like I was accomplished enough to play such a great man,” said Elba when referencing what it was like to portray Mandela. “It was a massive challenge. He could energize people with his charisma and aura. I tried to channel that. I want people to be inspired by his story.”

Elba has already nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for the role and Oscar could follow. We we sat down with him and Harris to discuss the possibility.

“If it happens it’s amazing”, said Elba. “It means that the film has been recognized at the highest level in our industry.”

The January 6 issue of JET magazine, is on newsstands December 16.

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‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience

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Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.

For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.

“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.

And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.

This past week Gina has been very vocal via social media about gun legislation and the idea behind policy and change following the tragic high school massacre an Parkland, Florida.
Annihilation, also starring Oscar Isaac, hits theaters on February 23.
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