Matt Damon plays Francois Pienaar No. 6 Flanker in Invictus.
South Africa - From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship.
This is a good piece of history on the movie. It is well written. The book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation tells the true story about what happened in South Africa at that time, about Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned for about 27 years, then he came out to be voted South African President. An inspiring account of what happened on that Championship day. The rest is history!
Here is the trailer below. If you don't feel it, rugby can never be part of you. It's inspiring! "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." Nelson Mandela.
I remember watching the 1995 Rugby Word Cup finals live back then. New Zealand All Blacks (rugby Yankees) with legends & elites like Jonah Lomu, Zinzan Brooke, Sean Fitzpatrick, Josh Kronfeld, Jeff Wilson and Andrew Mertens against underdogs South Africa led by real life attorney Francois Pienaar at Flanker. It was fun to watch great rugby!