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Eastwood Meets Eastwood for Mandela Pic

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Clint Eastwood has cast his son in his biopic of a portion of the life of Nelson Mandela, tentatively titled The Human Factor (based on facts gleaned by our friends at Cinema Spy from the IMDb). It’s not clear who he will play but the story follows Mandela’s support of the South African rugby team at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, a move which broke down the traditional barriers and stereotypes surrounding rugby in the country, primarily prevalent during apartheid, to unite the country behind its (ultimately successful) team. It’s based on the book, pictured above, by John Carlin called Playing the Enemy.

Morgan Freeman is playing Mandela with Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar. The younger Eastwood has joined his father’s films in the past, taking on roles in the likes of Gran Torino and Flags of our Father, both under the name Scott Reeves. 

I spoke about the film itself in past posts so I won’t rehash too much, but it was included in blog post from the LA Times for movies to watch out for next Oscar season. Oh, the politics of the Oscars, folks. The films aren’t made yet and already, they’re favourites.

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Eastwood’s Mandela Project

Rope of Silicon has pointed the world towards the first pictures from the untitled Nelson Mandela movie from Clint Eastwood. Relatively predictably, you have Morgan Freeman playing Mandela in 1995 when the then-South African president decided to throw his support behind the country’s rugby team after it was selected to host that year’s World Cup after being banned for previous tournaments due to apartheid. Matt Damon will play Francois Pienaar, the captain of the national team which, incidentally, went on to win the World Cup that year.

It looks like a worthy and uplifting project but, the interesting part for me, is will Damon employ a Leo DiCaprio-in-Blood-Diamond accent, therefore providing unintentional moments of humour amongst the award-seeking worthiness of the situation.