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Filming 'The Game That Changed A Nation'

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Filming 'The Game That Changed A Nation'

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Filming 'The Game That Changed A Nation'

Filming 'The Game That Changed A Nation'

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Invictus is the third film Morgan Freeman (left) and Clint Eastwood have made together, after Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. Keith Bernstein hide caption

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Invictus is the third film Morgan Freeman (left) and Clint Eastwood have made together, after Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.

Keith Bernstein

Director Clint Eastwood and actor Morgan Freeman have come together again to work on a new feature film, Invictus. Based on John Carlin's book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed a Nation, Invictus is set during Mandela's first term as South African president.

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The first democratically elected chief executive in a majority-black nation long governed by a white minority under the vicious system known as apartheid, the former political prisoner knows that racial tensions still run high in his nation.

In a calculated move, he works to rally South Africa's black majority around the nation's Springboks rugby team — a nearly all-white club, competing in a sport with a mostly white South African fan base — as they make an underdog play for the 1995 World Cup.

Mandela's ally in the gambit: Springboks captain Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), who helped rally a team that had never been a world-class contender. The result was a stunning upset — and a shining moment of unity in a country that needed common causes to rally around.

Fresh Air host Terry Gross talks about the film with Eastwood and Freeman, who was chosen by Mandela himself to play the role.

Freeman won an Academy Award for his work in the film Million Dollar Baby and was Oscar-nominated for his roles in The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, and Street Smart.

Eastwood is an actor, director and producer whose recent acting credits include Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino, which he also directed. Eastwood has been nominated for multiple Oscars through the years and has won three: two for Unforgiven and another for Million Dollar Baby.