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Director Clint Eastwood, who says he has no plans to return to acting, and Morgan Freeman bring a portion of Nelson Mandela's life to the big screen in Warner Bros Pictures' Invictus, their latest collaborative effort. Director Eastwood and actor Freeman are like a well-oiled machine now, having worked on three major feature films together, and having collected five Oscars between them for their prior two films - Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. On the red carpet at the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the two Hollywood veterans talked about Invictus and Nelson Mandela:
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There is something to be said about the unifying power of sports. Perfect strangers chant in harmony and share in the excitement of competition, celebrating each win as a team and lamenting the losses as a unit. There is nothing quite like witnessing your team claim a deserved victory after a roller coaster ride of support spanning months, years, and sometimes decades.
It is this positive energy director Clint Eastwood hoped to harness in Invictus, a story of how the newly-elected Nelson Mandela believed in the cohesive capabilities of national sport and publicly cheered for the South African Springbok’s in the Rugby World Cup, against the recommendations of his advisers.
Aside from a nuanced performance by Morgan Freeman as Mandela and the solid turn by Matt Damon as team captain Francois Pienaar, the film is a banal, often dull, re-telling of select events. Eastwood glosses over the country’s »
- Jeff Leins
Scott Eastwood has one of the most recognizable names—and faces—in Hollywood. But that wasn’t always the case. Eastwood started his acting career in 2006 with the far less canonical stage name Scott Reeves. “Everyone—agents, managers—wanted me to go Eastwood, and I said no,” the 23-year-old actor explains. “I said, you want to represent me, you represent Scott Reeves.” Eastwood’s father, in case you missed it, is Clint Eastwood, and Scott grew up going between his mother’s place in Hawaii, and his father’s estate in Carmel, California. In college, he started out modeling, and then switched to acting, appearing in his father’s 2006 World War II film, Flags of Our Fathers. After roles in the indie movies An American Crime (2007) and Pride (2007), and a memorable cameo in his dad’s race-relations drama Grand Torino (2008), he finally made the giant leap back to his family name. »
- By Michael Martin Photography Dan Monick
Not for the first time Clint Eastwood has cast his son Scott in a film that he is directing. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scott Eastwood will have a role in a movie based on period in the life of Nelson Mandela, which father Clint is helming.
The film, which has the title The Human Factor on IMDb, is based on the book 'Playing the Enemy', by John Carlin. The book focuses on Mandela's efforts while President to unite South Africa behind the country's rugby team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Carlin is a former South Africa bureau chief for Britain's 'Independent' newspaper. The book was adapted for Eastwood's film by South African writer Anthony Peckham. Peckham is also writing Guy Ritchie's in-production Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr.
Scott Eastwood has nabbed a role in "The Human Factor," a Nelson Mandela drama being directed by his father, Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino). The younger Eastwood joins Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the real-life story of how Mandela, as the new South African president, worked with the captain of the national rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite the country after apartheid. Eastwood will play a member of Pienaar's team, which makes a run at the 1995 World Cup Championship. South African writer Anthony Peckham adapted the screenplay from John Carlin's book, "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation." Scott has previously had roles in his father's films "Gran Torino" and "Flags of Our Fathers," but also appeared in "An American Crime" and "Pride." Click here to read more about "The Human Factor." »
Here's something that's surprising: Clint Eastwood, age 78, has a 22-year-old son named Scott. And here's something entirely unsurprising: Eastwood has cast his son in his next film, an untitled project about Nelson Mandela and rugby. Turns out the younger Eastwood, acting under the name Scott Reeves, has been in his dad's movies like Flags of our Fathers. and Gran Torino. He's also an Abercrombie and Fitch model! Just in case you were worried, yes, nepotism is alive and well in Hollywood. THR reports that Scott will play a member of the rugby team coached by Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), who worked with the new president Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman, duh) to unite the country in the post-apartheid. Honestly, it doesn't really bother me that Scott Eastwood will be in the movie, since the role seems minimal and, hey, Clint Eastwood has earned the right to do whatever the hell he »
Clint Eastwood has cast a promising up-and-comer in a supporting role in his currently untitled Matt Damon/Morgan Freeman film about Nelson Mandela, rugby and apartheid. And Clint will be particularly hoping that this young actor makes it big – for it’s his son, Scott.Scott – often credited as Scott Reeves, in order to render that famous surname a non-issue – will appear as a rugby player on the South African national team in the movie, loosely based on John Carlin’s book, Playing The Enemy: Nelson Mandela And The Game That Made A Nation.Damon is playing the former Springboks captain, Francois Pienaar, while Freeman is playing the role that Eastwood believes he was born to play: Mandela.It won’t be the first time that Reeves – sorry, Scott Eastwood – has been cast in one of his father’s films. The tall, blond actor, who has his father's piercing eyes, »
Like father, cast son.
The younger Eastwood joins Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the real-life story of how Mandela, as the new South African president, worked with the captain of the national rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite the country after apartheid. Eastwood will play a member of Pienaar's team, which makes a run at the 1995 World Cup Championship.
- By Jay A. Fernandez
8 items from 2009
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