James Leroy Wilson's blog

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nelson Mandela, Movies, and History

"Many know the story of Mandela's support for the nearly all-white national team in the Clint Eastwood-directed film Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman as Mandela.

What the film didn't tell you is that the team, known as the Springboks, was habitually guilty of dirty play. Bad enough to almost get disqualified from the tournament.

This I learned later, when I watched The 16th Man, part of ESPN's great documentary series 30 For 30.

That made the story far more interesting. It should have been part of Invictus. Apparently, it didn't fit the narrative. For me, it just would have been a more interesting narrative without neglecting that Mandela helped unite the country through his support for the team."


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