July 19 (UPI) -- Stephan James, the actor who played John Lewis in the film Selma, paid tribute on Twitter to the late congressman and civil rights icon this weekend.
"Dear John, I remember how small I felt trying to fill your shoes. You were truly a light like no other. I am forever changed having known you. So is the world. Thank you for your life. Thank you for your legacy," James tweeted Saturday, alongside photos of him and Lewis smiling together.
Selma was a 2014, fact-based drama written by Paul Webb and directed by Ava DuVernay.
"Thank you for your care and kindness, your advice and understanding. Will never forget what you taught me and what you challenged me to be. Better. Stronger. Bolder. Braver. God bless you, Ancestor John Robert Lewis of Troy, Alabama. Run into His arms," DuVernay tweeted after Lewis' death was announced.