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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 IAfrica.com:

    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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    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 3rd, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    2010 oscar predications

    OK, I know it's a ridiculous excercise, but indiewire has some VERY interesting predictions for 2010 Oscars. We're not the only ones who think Matt is overdue.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 3rd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: 2010 oscar predications

    Many film sites are saying the same thing. Nobody's seen the movies yet, so it's all baseless predictions which is building expectations for no reason.

    Photos of Matt on a charity mission in Zimbabwe are at yahoo.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 3rd, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    are there no photos of Matt in South Africa anywhere? Been cruising the net, but haven't come across any yet.....also is there a way to get in contact with Matt over there somehow. I'm actually from South Africa and just went to Cape Town this past December, just thought I could let him know of a few places that he could go to that him and his family would enjoy while they are there. There are alot of hidden gems around Cape Town that most tourist, and even South Africans are unaware of - wine farms, game farms where u can ride elephants and ostriches etc.

    Thanks, Celeste
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 3rd, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    South Africa

    There are photos today of Matt at the refugee camp on the South African border, and he may have been at a Stormers rugby union game on the weekend, but no other reports yet (he's only been there less than a week).

    There isn't really a way to get in touch with him other than through his agent (normal mail), or perhaps the production office in Cape Town. The production office address isn't known yet, but the standard address for Matt's agent is below, although it's unknown whether mail will be forwarded.

    C/o Patrick Whitesell
    Endeavor Talent Agency
    9601 Wilshire Boulevard
    10th Floor
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212

    Edited at 2009-03-04 06:49 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    "A voice crying out in thw wilderness"

    Mr. Damon,

    I am the former Director, EMS for the Jersey City Medical Center, NJ and also served on the Safety Committee for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which included the WTC.

    When in 1990, I suggested a mock disaster drill involving the Twin Towers, I was sent for a "check up from the neck up."

    I also served as Director, EMS, for the cities of Pasadena and Corpus Christi, Texas, and,

    as Melville said the whaling ship was his Harvard and Yale, so were the bloody streets of America for me!

    I now write, and have some things either as a novel, short story, poetry, or just ideas that are good enough to be at least looked at!

    but I am caught in the vicious cycle of not knowing anyone, can you offer some help and/or advice?

    Best and God's Luck!

    Wild Bill Taylor, jtango03@yahoo.com
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