Two female students were left a tad red-faced after they used a photo of Morgan Freeman in a presentation about Nelson Mandela.
The two girls probably remembered the 2009 film Invictus, where Freeman was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the popular and iconic anti-apartheid South African President Nelson Mandela. What’s more, he has apparently been mistaken for Mandela before.
The image recently appeared as the new “Subreddit of the Month” on the popular social media site reddit and has now hit the popular image sharing website Imgur.
The post is simply titled “2 girls were having a Nelson Mandela presentation today” and clearly shows an image of Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman, projected onto a screen.
The comments on the reddit post are hilarious, with one user asking, “Why are they showing a picture of James Earl Jones?”
Another responds: “No you’re thinking of Forest Whitaker. James Earl Jones was Morpheus in The Matrix.”
Yet another redditor jokes, “This is clearly Cuba Gooding Jr.”
And another: “I think this is the reason this keeps happening, we keep breaking the internet every time Don Cheadle appears.”
Further down the list is the comment, “I consulted our Lord and Savior Google and asked for images of Nelson Mandela. He returned with a bounty and as I continued to scroll, I could not find a picture of Samuel L Jackson being portrayed as Morgan Freeman.”
“That being said, they had to go out of their way to mistake the two.”
Joking aside, basically no one seems to really know what Nelson Mandela or Morgan Freeman really look like.
One Twitter user picked up on the theme, speaking about a famous South African who was jailed, and it wasn’t Nelson Mandela.
Who’s the most famous person you’ve met at Anfield, Aldo? That South African who went to prison. Sharpy: Nelson Mandela? No, Oscar Pistorius
— Mick Coyle (@MickCityTalk) September 22, 2015
According to the Mirror Online, this is not the first time Morgan Freeman has been mistaken for Mandela. Apparently around two years ago, an Indian billboard used a photo of Freeman to depict the South African president.
Reportedly the billboard showed Freeman alongside Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, with the stirring words, “We should be proud that we were part of an era when they lived.”
Morgan Freeman must have been so proud.
Nelson Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, after spending 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison in South Africa. Mandela passed away on December 5, 2013, shortly before the biopic of his life, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom hit the theater screen.
[Images: Morgan Freeman and Nelson Mandela by Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images Entertainment]