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Morgan Freeman Marks 11th Anniversary Of ‘Invictus’ And Pays Tribute To Mandela

Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman took to his verified Instagram account to celebrate the 11th year of the fan-favorite biographical sports drama film, ‘Invictus.’

Freeman shared a series of photos from the 2009 dated film, directed by Clint Eastwood, and added a photo of himself with South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nelson Mandela. As widely known, Freeman portrayed Mandela in the said film, and grabbed both National Board of Review and Movieguide Awards accolades for Best Actor for his performance.

Alongside the photos, Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor wrote that ‘Invictus’ was a great presentation of what is possible in life and added by praising the first black President of South Africa, Mandela:

“That a statesmen, with courage and foresight can accomplish something. How he can find those like-minded people and bring them into his way of thinking – that is was happened between Madiba and Francois. It freaked out Francois to be called by the President and have Madiba ask him for help, to exceed their own expectations.”

‘Invictus,’ in which well-known actor Matt Damon played François Pienaar, the captain of the South Africa rugby union team, was released on December 11, 2009, through Warner Bros. Company and garnered $122.2 million worldwide.

The film, based on the book titled ‘Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation‘ by John Carlin, focuses on the events in South Africa ahead of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. 

Apart from the success of the box office, the film garnered high praises from viewers and critics, and both Damon and Freeman Damon received Academy Award nominations.

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