Two years after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela made a cameo appearance in a Spike Lee film.
Lee’s 1992 movie Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington in the Oscarnominated title role, ends with a group of young black US schoolchildren standing up and proclaiming “I am Malcolm X.”
It then cuts to a Soweto classroom, with pupils echoing their US peers.
The camera then shows Mandela, as their teacher in front of the class, repeating part of a famous speech Malcolm X gave in 1965.
“As brother Malcolm said, we declare our right on this earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence,” says Mandela, as the camera slowly zooms towards him.
Mandela didn’t want to include the last line “by any means necessary”, however, fearing the apartheid government may have held it against him.