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Watch: Matt Damon Plays Beefy Rugby Player in Invictus


Rugby fans might want to be on the look-out for Clint Eastwood's Invictus, which tells the story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) and the captain of South Africa's rugby team Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) became allies to help unite the nation in the run-up to the 1995 World Cup.

Here's Damon's brief Dieux du Stade moment from the trailer.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Wow --- hope his wife is tossing that muscle salad

    Posted by: RJP3 | Oct 28, 2009 9:50:24 AM

  2. I guess this was a good idea after gaining all that weight for his last movie.

    Posted by: Wes | Oct 28, 2009 9:59:15 AM

  3. Matt does the South African accent really well... Morgan still throw in an American 'a' instead of the flat South African version, which sounds odd... but the acting and story look great! Should be a fascinating movie!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Oct 28, 2009 10:06:30 AM

  4. Does he look a little digitally enhanced or is it just me?

    Posted by: Singleson | Oct 28, 2009 10:06:40 AM

  5. God what a bore. Eastwood is going to keep shitting out the Oscar bait until he dies, isn't he? Do you think Damon winds up paralyzed from the neck down, with Freeman pulling the plug?

    Posted by: Roscoe | Oct 28, 2009 10:13:48 AM

  6. Impressive...but is that healthy after gaining the additional bulk for "The Informant"? He almost permanently-damaged himself years ago for a small part as a drug-addicted serviceman, and was still recovering when the filmed "The Talented Mr. Ripley". Forcing your weight up-n-down is hard on the heart and liver.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Oct 28, 2009 10:16:27 AM

  7. Love the tit bounce at 00:57.

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Oct 28, 2009 10:21:58 AM

  8. Ben must be a happy camper. ;)

    Posted by: jaydub | Oct 28, 2009 10:39:23 AM

  9. Looks great, I can't wait to see it.

    I'm biased, though. I freaking love Nelson Mandela. If there is one living person out there that I would like to meet, it's definitely him.

    Posted by: Aaron Rowland | Oct 28, 2009 10:54:16 AM

  10. DAMN he looks good here. his arms are like woah...

    Posted by: Justin | Oct 28, 2009 11:13:01 AM

  11. Clint is one of the greatest filmmakers alive. You're not worthy of drinking his bathwater, Roscoe.

    Though I know you long to.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 28, 2009 11:18:32 AM

  12. Matt Damon shirtless, rugby, racial justice, Matt Damon shirtless - it's a must-see.

    Posted by: niles | Oct 28, 2009 12:58:54 PM

  13. Unfortunately, most "sport movies" have way too much sport and not enough movie. It becomes about the team winning in the face of adversity. Which isn't that interesting because everyone knows the outcome.

    This type of movie is perhaps one of the more difficult genres of film to do just right.

    Hopefully, Eastwood will borrow a trick from the West Wing and show us only a passing glimspe of the actual game. If the audience walks out thinking they've seen a clip show from the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final, then it isn't going to have much emotional resonance.

    Posted by: John | Oct 28, 2009 1:17:51 PM

  14. Fuck and yes!

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 28, 2009 1:59:21 PM

  15. I feel bad saying this especially as I am not the one to usually say it. But the first thing I thought when I saw that picture, "ROIDS!!!!"
    That was just an instant reaction though and who knows if its true. But wow, is changing your body like that so often and so quickly good for you?

    Posted by: Pekemo | Oct 28, 2009 2:58:51 PM

  16. I've loved Matt since his very brief shirtless shot in The Rainmaker. I'm all over this movie even if the trailer makes me think snoozefest.

    Posted by: Ray | Oct 28, 2009 3:25:55 PM

  17. Yikes!

    Steroid does a body good?

    Posted by: FunMe | Oct 28, 2009 4:12:17 PM

  18. CKNJ, you do realize that there ia distinct difference between a black South African's accent and white South African's?

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Oct 28, 2009 4:45:54 PM

  19. Why do commenters immediately jump to seroids conspiracy theories when they have no clue what the time lapse is/was between films? Also releases dates aren't always immediately after filming ends. Some films sit on the shelf for months or years. Plus, you two can achieve the same look in record time if you were (a) a millionaire, (b) had a trainer, (c) had a personal chef that provided you with the necessary diet to achieve said look, and (d) the necessay time in the day to train.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Oct 28, 2009 4:57:35 PM


    Ok, no more sugar for me today.

    Heard rumors of this movie being made, glad to see it comin around. but we need a movie about the NZ All Blacks. Just call it "Richie McCaw standing around naked for 2 hours." I'd go to it.

    Posted by: MicahSkin | Oct 28, 2009 5:04:14 PM

  21. Bleh. Eastwood was able to make even 'Midnight In the Garden Of Good and Evil' high dreary, what do you expect with this kind of material?

    Posted by: squeezit | Oct 28, 2009 5:18:24 PM

  22. If I have wet dreams tonight, it will be because of Matt.

    Posted by: Georgiaguy | Oct 28, 2009 11:34:31 PM

  23. please give me dan carter over ritchie anyday...i suppose this film will fail to mention that the all blacks were food poisoned in south africa so played pretty crap against south africa in the grand final...but then again i would say that being an all black supporter and kiwi...

    Posted by: mike | Oct 29, 2009 4:16:25 AM

  24. I hope the film will not gloss over the political angle either. But I suspect it will because Hollywood loves those cheesy, feel good moments.

    This was not some humanitarian mission though. Mandela might've been keen on promoting forgiveness for practical reasons. But he's no idealistic fool. He's about as shrewd a politician as they come. He basically used the Springboks - a team that once embodied the apartheid concept of white supremacy in raw, physical terms - for his own purposes.

    Posted by: John | Oct 29, 2009 5:28:16 AM

  25. Matt Damon has always had a built body, so for him to look that thick is no reason to cry Steroids.

    He's not cut in those pictures, from a prev movie he had to gain weight and now added some more muscle to the muscle underneath the bulk. It's not hard to do

    Posted by: TylerAnthony | Oct 29, 2009 10:41:57 AM

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