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Clint Eastwood’s new movie INVICTUS – Inspiration from South Africa!

This movie has ’10 Oscars written all over it if I may say so myself!

Invictus Poster

Clint Eastwood is directing the inspirational movie Invictus, a feature film based on the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela who was President of South Africa at the time [played by Morgan Freeman] joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar [played by Matt Damon] to help unite their country.

I absolutely adore the craftsmanship of Clint, Morgan & Damon! They produce stellar work. My only contention with this movie [& biopics of Africans etc] is that there has to be equally talented South Africans / Africans that could have played the leading roles…I’m just saying! One it gives work to the actors in South Africa. Two it allows South Africans to tell the world their story….it’s their story, right? Three is allows South Africans to own the story [the pain, the flaws etc] as well as share in the glory [triumphing over social ill such as apartheid is no easy feat], after all it was them [Black, White & everything in between] that gave life to this body of work…


Morgan & Damon on the movie set of Invictus.

Ok, back to the movie. So the story goes that newly elected South African President Mandela [a devoted rugby fan] knows his nation remains racially and economically divided despite the demise the apartheid system. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team [the then much-despised & whites-only supported] Springboks as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. The screenplay [formerly titled “The Human Factor”] was penned by native South African writer Anthony Peckham, based upon the book Playing the Enemy written by John Carlin. Anthony Peckham also wrote the script for the Denzel Washington movie, The Book of Eli.

Morgan Freeman

Actor Morgan Freeman speaks at the inaugural Mandela Day at Radio City Music Hall on July 18, 2009 in New York City. This was a fun concert & celebration of the legacy of the man affectionately known as Madiba [Nelson Mandela].

My thoughts are that Morgan may snag a Best Actor Oscar nod for this & Matt may get an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor [cannot really see them going up against each other on this movie.]…Clint, Best Director & Best Picture for the movie…Oh the thought of it! I simply cannot wait to see how Hollywood will respond to this at the Academy Awards next year!

The movie Invictus will open in theaters on December 11th, 2009.  Here is the trailer of the movie…

Ahh, there is something so magical about Nelson Mandela…


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