Morgan Freeman and Nelson Mandela Watched 'Invictus' Together

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Morgan Freeman plays former South African president Nelson Mandela in the new movie Invictus, and he sat by the freedom fighter while he first watched the movie. Speaking at the UK premiere of the film last night, Morgan told BANG Showbiz: “Yes I know that he has seen it. You know, he won’t say what he thinks of it. So you have to kind of gather from his reactions. I was sitting next to him and when I first came on the screen he said, ‘I know this fellow.' ”

Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman star in Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood (Getty)
However, the 72-year-old star did confirm that South Africans accepted him playing the legendary historic figure, and even called him by the honorary title bestowed upon elders of Mandela’s clan, "Madiba."

He explained: “You know, South Africans starting calling me Madiba. I was totally accepted. I remember getting out of a car one time and I was walking into a stadium and someone shouted, ‘You walk like him, you walk like him!,' people were giving me lifts.”

The movie follows Mandela’s relationship with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar – played by Matt Damon – but Morgan admitted he still doesn’t know anything about rugby. He said: “No, I’m not a fan of rugby. I still don’t know what rugby is about. They do much the same thing as American football, they get a ball and they run into each other with it.”

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