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Possible new project with Clint Eastwood
  • Variety reports today that Matt is in 'preliminary talks' to appear in a film directed by Clint Eastwood about South Africa and the 1995 rugby union World Cup. Matt would be playing Francois Pienaar, the captain of the South African team, with Morgan Freeman signed to star as Nelson Mandela. Matt and Lucy are pictured with Mandela at a 2004 event in New York.

    A movie about how the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped heal post-apartheid race relations in South Africa is fast becoming a major film event.

    Morgan Freeman had already signed on to play Nelson Mandela in "The Human Factor," an adaptation of the John Carlin book "The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World." Now, Warner Bros. is in talks to finance the picture, with Clint Eastwood eyeing it as a directing vehicle, and Matt Damon in preliminary talks to play the captain of the Springboks.

    Story is set right after the fall of apartheid, and after Mandela was released from a long imprisonment and became South African president. Mandela recognized the significance when South Africa was selected host of the 1995 Rugby World Cup after the team had been barred from even competing since the 1980s because of apartheid.

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  • The H20 Africa Foundation site has been updated with information on projects, initiatives and new partners.

  • Details on The Bourne Ultimatum's latest weekend international tallies is here. The film has now earned over $365 million internationally, and domestically has surpassed Saving Private Ryan as Matt's best box-office performance in the US.

  • Details of the special four disc collection to celebrate The Bourne Ultimatum on DVD is here.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    I really like the sound of the Clint Eastwood project. Definitely something I would go and see. I think Matt can do it, physically he might be a little short but there are lots of slim rugby players. (I used to work with one, and he had the same build as Matt, just taller), the South-African accent would be a new challenge for him too (hopefully he'll do a better job than Di Caprio)

    Thanks again also for the info on the Bourne series DVD. Amazon UK has the same release date for the DVD as in the US (11 December), keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't get changed, I think they'll want to catch the Christmas market. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 25th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)
    While I don't see the inherent dramatic prospects of this movie, it would be an amazing film-making experience. Directed by Eastwood (wonderful director of other actors and a true legend), starring Morgan Freeman (Matt's greatest present from his assistant was to have dinner with Freeman) and if it was filmed on location in South Africa - what an extraordinary time it would be.

    It doesn't have a scheduling date yet, but would come after another Eastwood-directed movie, so possibly after the July strike deadline.
    jeka_ooie From: jeka_ooie Date: September 25th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yay! I can't wait for the 4 disc DVD! It looks so nice.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 26th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
    More details of the Mandela project are in this article:


    The script, by the South African writer Tony Peckham, is now complete and has apparently impressed everyone who has read it. "Usually when you read a Hollywood adaptation you think – what a bunch of hollow, shallow crap," Carlin said. "But this screenplay is really bloody good."

    Carlin said he has not stopped thinking about Hollywood since starting to write the book, which is still not quite finished but is not due to hit bookstores until next year. "This story is really the ultimate feel-good redemption movie," he said. "If the 1994 democratic elections were the consummation of the process [of shedding apartheid], the 1995 World Cup was the apotheosis of the process."
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 26th, 2007 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)
    Flicking through my Sky magazine last night and saw this cute little story I thought you and Matt's fans would enjoy:

    Matt Damon Goes Large
    Matt Damon tries to lead a quiet life away from the press, but even back home in New York he can't get away from the publicity for his smash-hit film The Bourne Ultimatum. He told me the studio put a huge 50ft poster for the film on a billboard next to his home, so when he goes out he sees a massive picture of himself.

    It just made me smile. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 26th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
    It was a well-publicised story a while back, but I doubt the quote is correct. Matt was in the middle of Bourne promotion at the time, and the poster was on his apartment for a total of one day while he was actually in NY (on the building for about four weeks).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt pics



    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt pics

    Just saw that - very cute. Matt pictured at his nephew's soccer game in Florida.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
    This possible new project sounds great. I hope its a go.

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