'invictus job well done'

ACADEMY award-winner Morgan Freeman looked "presidential" when he walked down the escalator at Maponya Mall in Soweto.

ACADEMY award-winner Morgan Freeman looked "presidential" when he walked down the escalator at Maponya Mall in Soweto.

There was applause from curious onlookers, confirmation that he had portrayed the international icon to their satisfaction.

Freeman was in Soweto at the premiere of his film Invictus, which has landed him and his co-star, Matt Dammon, Golden Globe nominations. District 9 has also been nominated.

"It is like getting a serious pat on the back for a job well done," he said.

Freeman plays the lead role in Invictus, the movie based on the inspirational, nation-building role the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning team and Nelson Mandela played.

He said it was easy preparing for his role because when the book Long Walk to Freedom was first released, Mandela asked Freeman to play him.

"So it was a forgone conclusion. I was very conscientious about getting Madiba's accent right."

The Invictus outreach programme donated R1,1million to the Nelson Mandela Fund, Make a Difference Foundation (MAD), founded by former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar and the Chris Burger-Petro Jackson Players' Fund.

The premiere in Soweto was the fourth after Cape Town, Durban and another in Johannesburg. In its first three days in local cinemas more than 48000 people saw Invictus.

It made more than R1,5million at the box office. It opened in the country on December 11.

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