Pienaar mini-me vs Morgan Mandela

I’ve been following the developments surrounding the latest Clint Eastwood directed project, The Human Factor (or ‘Untitled Mandela Project’ as it’s also known) for some time. As a huge rugby fan and one who remembers the events of ‘that day’ very well, this is a film I have to see. The movie has been shot at various locations across SA, but was based out of Cape Town. If this movie performs as well as previous Clint Eastwood movies it could be yet another feather in the cape, err cap for SA.

Then South African President Nelson Mandela handing over the William Webb Ellis trophy to Springbok skipper Francois Pienaar at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on June 24, 1995.

Then South African President Nelson Mandela handing over the William Webb Ellis trophy to Springbok skipper Francois Pienaar at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on June 24, 1995.

It’s also recently become a little more interesting to me when my mate, cape town karaoke / general entertainer extraordinaire, Larger [read more here] did the wrap party for the movie in Cape Town this last weekend. The lucky fucker got to sing Mack The Knife on stage with none other than Morgan Freeman and he is super stoked about it. Good on you Larger. Incidentally if anyone needs a good cape town karaoke vibe going down drop me a mail at joe@socialyz.com. (he gives me free booze)

Anyway, I’ve done some digging to see who stars as whom and who does what and all that and this is what I’ve come up with. I thought I’d put together a little post with some more info all in one spot than what I had to go through to find this.

Everyone knows that Morgan Freeman is playing Mandela. I absolutely love Morgan Freeman movies, and this is a big highlight for me to finally see him playing the role he was born to play. Oscar time methinks. Well this is what it looks like…

Morgan Mandela signed Sophie's payslip just so she would bugger off.

Morgan Mandela trying to steal some chicks watch.

Our man Matt Damon does his best Francois Pienaar mini me impression and might just be able to pull it off. Incidentally, he was coached by none other than Chester Williams in the finer arts of the game (Williams being the ‘rugby coach’ to the movie). He got a real taste of what rugby is all about when he injured himself in training. He tried to kick the ball, but aimed low and sprained his ankle. In other words he fucked his foot up kicking the ground.

This is how he got on in his bok kit…

The days before shoulder pads

The days before shoulder pads

I’d love to see how he gets the accent on in the movie.

Talking of Chester Williams, the hero of the show for non whites (and whites) all over South Africa at the time for being the first black player selected after apartheid is being played in the movie by the SECOND black Springbok selected after apartheid, McNeil Hendricks.

Pretty good likeness I must say…

Chester Williams

Chester Williams

ManNeil Hendricks

MacNeil Hendricks

It’s a real shame that I could find only ONE picture of MacNeil Hendricks on the net. Well at least he will portray a Bok well, having actually been one, and a pretty decent player too.

Cant’ say I’m too excited about the actor rumoured to be playing Joel Stransky, Scott Eastwood.

Scott Eastwood

Scott Eastwood

Joel Stransky

Joel Stransky

Theyre both wearing a collar and tie I guess. There’s a start. Well Scott best of luck, Stransky is pretty well liked ’round these parts, for THAT kick. Im guessing Clint would give his offspring some word time so I’m assuming this isn’t a bit part.

Talking of bit parts, one person who most certainly wouldn’t be a bit part in any story where the Rugby World Cup 1995 is mentioned, is Jonah Lomu, being played in this movie by former Samoan 8th man Isaac Feaunati. At 1.88m and 117kg he has similar stats to Lomu’s playing figures of 1.96m and 119kg.

Isaac Feaunati

Isaac Feaunati

Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu

That all I could find out for now but I’m sure looking forward to this movie. I have heard various rumours of other people playing other players. I’ll update that as I hear more.

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