Matt Damon's rugby doubts

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 January 2010
Matt Damon

Matt Damon's rugby doubts

Matt Damon had doubts about being able to accurately represent 6ft 4in former South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar in new film 'Invictus'

Matt Damon was worried about playing a rugby player in new film 'Invictus'.

The actor portrays 6ft 4in former South African captain Francois Pienaar but was concerned his 5ft 10in frame wasn't enough.

He said: "He's quite a physical specimen. He's 6ft 4in and about 230lbs and I'm 5ft 10in. It was a lot of work to capture Francois physically, but then I spent time talking to him and understanding the stakes of this movie."

Although reassured by director Clint Eastwood, the 39-year-old actor embarked on a rigorous training regime in an attempt to improve his physique.

Matt said: "Clint used tricks and camera angles to make me look taller than I actually am, but, before we started filming, I spent six months doing rigorous physical training trying to change by body."

Shot entirely on location in South Africa and with a mainly native cast, the film tells the story of how Nelson Mandela - played by Morgan Freeman - and Pienaar joined forces to lead the team to an unlikely 1995 World Cup victory over the All Blacks and unify the racially fragmented country following the end of apartheid.

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