BET Networks Madiba, Star Laurence Fishburne says “I said yes immediately, then panicked”

Laurence Fishburne. Photo by Marcos Cruz

Three-part saga based on the complete life of Nelson Mandela premieres on BET on February 1st, 8th and 15th 2017, at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT on DirecTV

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/2/1 – “The role of a lifetime,” says Madiba star Laurence Fishburne,“I said yes immediately, then panicked a little bit, and then was taken to South Africa by our director Kevin Hooks. He’s actually the first black person to direct a film about Nelson Mandela’s life.”


“I met people that worked with him,” says Fishburne.“People that were in jail with him. Got a lot of information. Most of our cast is South African, and we were in Johannesburg and Pretoria shooting in places ”

In Madiba Laurence Fishburne is Nelson Mandela the face of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa. Mandela was not alone in his quest. This three part series tells the story of  the man and those who he worked with to end apartheid.

Orlando Jones is Oliver Tambo.  David Harewood is Walter Sisulu. Both were very close friends of Mandela, sharing in his struggles and triumphs. Michael Nyqvist is Dr. H.F. Verwoerd, the prime minister of Apartheid-era South Africa from 1958 until his assassination in 1966.

The three part movie pays homage the unknown men and women who suffered and sacrificed along side Mandela.

“That was one of the things Mr. Mandela wanted when the producers came to him eight, nine years ago to ask for his blessing,” says  Fishburne “’He said, make sure than when you tell the story in this six hours, that people understand that is wasn’t´t just me, it was a collective group of people of all backgrounds, of all races, all kinds of South Africans fighting to dismantle Apartheid.’”

Filmed exclusively in South Africa and on Robben Island. Madiba is based on two Mandela autobiographies, Conversations with Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself. 

Madiba serves as a reminder of the trials of political injustice, and provides a roadmap of the hope and possibilities that come with being on the right side of history.

Madiba stars Laurence Fishburne (Nelson Mandela), Orlando Jones (Oliver Tambo), David Harewood (Walter Sisulu), Michael Nyqvist (Dr. H.F. Verwoerd), Terry Pheto  (Winnie Mandela). Produced and financed by Blue Ice Pictures, and Out of Africa Entertainment Production in association with Cinema Gypsy Productions and executive produced by Blue Ice Pictures’ president, Lance Samuels.  Directed by Kevin Hooks, written by Paul Webb, Jane Maggs, Janine Eser, Avie Luthra and Kathleen McGhee-Anderson.

BET Networks is the nation’s leading provider of television programming for the African-American audience.

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