Glover played Mandela in the HBO drama ‘Mandela’ in 1987, three years before he was released from his 27 year prison sentence.
The actor, who was involved with the anti-apartheid movement as a student, said: ‘No-one had really heard of Mandela since 1964, but it was such an honour to play him.’
He said he tried to get inside Mandela’s head by imaging that his letters and speeches were his own words.
‘They were not simply words that I was memorising on the page, they were my words and I took ownership of them. I really tried to associate my own reaction, or what I would have felt writing in those very intimate moments, with his,’ he told SABC news.