Mandela tribute mistakes Morgan Freeman for dead ‘icon’

Morgan Freeman posing as Mandela
Morgan Freeman posing as Mandela

American actor Morgan Freeman is known for his portrayal of South African leader Nelson Mandela in the Clint Eastwood drama Invictus.

Perhaps Freeman’s performance in the 2009 was too good as it lead to some confusion for an Indian-based billboard artist.

An owner of a billboard dedicated to Nelson Mandela was red-faced on Thursday after the discovery that a photo of actor Morgan Freeman was used instead of one of the anti-apartheid hero.

The billboard was erected on the side of a road in Coimbatore as part of memorials across India and the world to Mandela, who died on December 5.