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Morgan Freeman coming to SA

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

For those of you who don’t already know – Morgan Freeman and his producing partner Lori McCreary are coming to town to attend the local premiere events for Invictus. Freeman plays the role of Nelson Mandela the story of South Africa’s triumpth in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Freeman recently revealed that he has been preparing for this role since the early 1990’s, when he first met Mandela. Freeman is quoted as saying, ‘”He told me he wanted me to play him in a movie someday. For that I asked him to give me personal access so that I could understand his body language. He readily agreed. So anytime we were anywhere in proximity after that we would meet. I have always been preparing for this role even before I stepped in front of the camera as him.”

As part of the trip to SA Freeman and McCleary will also be supporting various local charity initiatives around the films 11th December release date. The charities they are supporting include – The Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Make a Difference Foundation and the Chirs Burger/Petro Jackson Players’ Fund. the donations will be handed over to these charities on the 16th December – The National Day of Reconciliation – at an event at Maponya Mall, Soweto.

The trip marks a return to Africa for Freeman and McCreary, who, in addition to their work on “Invictus,” shot the feature film “Bopha!” entirely on location in Zimbabwe in 1993.  Freeman directed “Bopha!” with McCreary serving as producer.