Friday, 13 June 2008

The Pienaar Identity

There's been plenty of press recently about the fact that Matt Damon has signed up to play the role of Francois Pienaar in "The Human Factor," a film based around the Springboks' 1995 World Cup victory in South Africa - a movie which will also star Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and will be directed by Clint Eastwood.

Now, if I was some vain and conceited egomaniac I would point out that that I was 6 months or so ahead of the rest of the international media on this one and scooped this story back in November 2007. But I'm not, so I won't.

What I will say is that, although I can see an actor like Morgan Freeman having the gravitas to play Mandela, the idea of Matt Damon playing Pienaar is a little more difficult to swallow. They are either going to have to stand him on a box and use all manner of camera trickery to pull this one off or they'll need to employ a cast of midgets - Tom Cruise as Jonah Lomu? Danny DeVito as Os Du Randt? Gary "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis" Coleman as Chester Williams? Mickey Rooney as Kitch Christie?

Given the iconic nature of Mandela and with Eastwood, Freeman and Damon on board this can't fail to be anything other than a huge hit at the box office. With this being Hollywood, however, to hope for an accurate depiction of events might be expecting too much. Any bets that it'll turn out that the USA won the '95 World Cup?


sportsfreak said...

Have they sorted out who's going to play Suzy the waitress?

Nursedude said...

I think Morgan Freeman can pull off playing Nelson Mandela...Watching Matt Damon trying to do Afrikaaner Accented English will be like trying to watch Amy Winehouse sing La won't be pretty.