Looking at the cast for Winnie Mandela the motion picture, I don’t see Stompie Moeketsi, the 14-year-old boy she murdered, when she was trying to frame a Methodist minister for sex abuse, listed. But no doubt that’s a minor oversight.
Renamed Winnie Mandela, from Winnie, perhaps on the assumption that when hearing the name Winnie, most Americans will think of an adorable bear, not an evil monster, the movie was apparently held over from 2011.
Nelson Mandela is played by Terrence Howard, who has serious domestic violence issues, making him the perfect choice for the role. During the filming of Winnie Mandela, Howard, who seems to have issues with white women, tried to murder his latest wife. This was probably not method acting because it seems to have happened before.
In July 2010, Michelle Ghent Howard traveled with her husband to South Africa when he was filming Winnie, and the couple had many problems while staying in a hotel in Johannesburg, including an incident that warranted calling a doctor to treat her for physical injuries. One day, they got into a fight, Michelle Ghent Howard says, so she moved into a different room, and her husband tried to push his way inside, so she unlocked the door. He grabbed her by the neck, threw her across the room, causing her head to hit the corner of the bed’s headboard. She says he then picked her up and took her to the balcony and said, “I’m gonna f–king throw you off this balcony.”
Maybe Terrence Howard should have been cast as Winnie Mandela instead? He seems to have the right mindset for it.
The release of a new trailer for Winnie Mandela does suggest the producers of this were trying to cash in on the attention surrounding Mandela’s medical condition, even though Nelson and Winnie ended it and she ended up going to jail.
In any case, prepare to enjoy Winnie Mandela, a cliched love story, produced by T.D. Jakes, one of Obama’s clergy backers, and Ellen Wander, the producer of Beautiful Lies, about one of the more evil women in South Africa.
And if you need a palate cleanser after this, try the trailer for Winnie the Pooh instead. Winnie didn’t murder any 14-year-old boys so he’s a better role model than Winnie Mandela .