March 2nd, 2009

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Mandela project begins filming

  • Francois Pienaar discussed Matt's preparation as filming for the Mandela project begins in Cape Town - details at

    Filming is due to start this week on the 1995 Rugby World Cup movie that is being directed by Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood. Morgan Freeman is playing Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon has been cast as Francois Pienaar.

    As the film, which is still untitled, prepares to be shot in Cape Town, the stars have been brushing up on the sport at the centre of the film.

    François Pienaar said Damon was enthusiastic about playing the former Bok captain.

    "The energy that he brings to his role is incredible. He’s trained, his upper body is strong," he said.

    Freeman and Eastwood have been spotted at rugby matches over the past two weeks and Pienaar said that was where they brushed up on the ins and outs of the game.

    "We gave him [Damon] one-on-one on rugby training just to understand the basics of the game," he said.

    Former springbok Chester Williams was roped in to help with the technical aspects.

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