This June 27, 2008 file photo shows Nelson Mandela, left, speaking as Will Smith, second from left, Annie Lennox, center, and Jada Pinket Smith, right, look on at the 46664 charity concert in honor of Mandela's upcoming 90th birthday in London. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the world’s most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies. (AP Photo/Edmond Terakopian, file)

This June 27, 2008 file photo shows Nelson Mandela, left, speaking as Will Smith, second from left, Annie Lennox, center, and Jada Pinket Smith, right, look on at the 46664 charity concert in honor of Mandela’s upcoming 90th birthday in London. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the world’s most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies. (AP Photo/Edmond Terakopian, file)

Celebrity reactions Thursday to the death of Nelson Mandela:

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“What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” — Idris Elba, who has the title role in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

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“Mandela was one of the great leaders and teachers of the twentieth century. He conceived a model for mortal enemies to overcome their hatred and find a way through compassion to rebuild a nation based on truth, justice and the power of forgiveness. His passing should re-ignite a worldwide effort for peace.” — Paul Simon, whose acclaimed 1986 album “Graceland” was criticized by some for using South African musicians during a time when artists were boycotting the country. Some artists defended Simon and, with Mandela’s approval, he toured South Africa in the 1990s.

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Today, as it did while he inhabited our planet, Nelson Mandela’s spirit truly soars with the angels.  It was a spirit born of a generosity, love, compassion and hope for mankind that may never exist at such a heightened level in any single human being again. One of the most profound honors that I have had in my life was to be able to call ‘Madiba’ my friend and brother.” — Musician Quincy Jones.

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“We count ourselves unspeakably fortunate to have been immersed in Nelson Mandela’s story and legacy. It’s been an honor to have been granted such proximity to a man who will go down as one of history’s greatest freedom fighters and advocates for justice. I have had the privilege of spending time with President Mandela and I can say his sense of humor was as great as his optimism.” — Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Company released “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

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“I am so happy that Nelson Mandela is at last truly free.  I will wave to him as he transforms into everything around me and on into the cosmos.  What a race to run, Life gave him. That he made it in so much beauty tells us who we are, and who we can be.” — Author Alice Walker.

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“Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve — a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind.” — Morgan Freeman, who starred as Mandela in “Invictus.”

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“Portraying Nelson Mandela, in the film ‘Goodbye Bafana’ was a defining moment in my life and my career. We as a society, have been blessed to live in a time that Nelson Mandela has lived, loved, and led. What he has done for his country, his countrymen, and everyone on this planet may not be achieved again. ever. I will always honor him as a saint.” — Actor Dennis Haysbert.

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“What a sad day that such a great man has passed on and moved on up a little higher. Most extraordinary was how he rose above his being imprisoned and exalted himself above apartheid and hatred to unite the country, an unbelievable example of humanitarianism and courage.” — Singer Aretha Franklin.

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“What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge.” — Boxing great Muhammad Ali.

In this May 17, 1996 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and actor Sidney Poitier appear at a news conference in Cape Town. Poitier was in South Africa making a film in which he portrayed Mandela, alongside Michael Caine, who played former President F. W. de Klerk in "Mandela and de Klerk," about the country's transition from a White minority government to Black majority rule. (AP Photo/Sasa Kralj, File)

In this May 17, 1996 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and actor Sidney Poitier appear at a news conference in Cape Town. Poitier was in South Africa making a film in which he portrayed Mandela, alongside Michael Caine, who played former President F. W. de Klerk in “Mandela and de Klerk,” about the country’s transition from a White minority government to Black majority rule. (AP Photo/Sasa Kralj, File)

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