VOTE: Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman try South African accents

30 Oct

Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, how do they fare?

We’ve seen some really bad attempts at South African accents over the last few years. My worst memory was Val Kilmer, pretending to be a South African artist in The Saint. Turning to his lady love in a flouncy shirt, he looks at her with great intensity and says, quite quietly: “Jussus.” That’s like Daniel Craig as James Bond turning to a hot actress and going: “O.M.G.” – it’s out of context in the worst way possible. (I might get killed for comparing Craig to Kilmer, but it’s late at night, okay?!

I am pleasantly surprised by the attempts at South African accents in the new film ‘Invictus’, which tells the story of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, hosted by South Africa as it simultaneously struggled to emerge from the deep and very dark shadows of apartheid. Many South Africans considered it to be a uniting event – helped by our win of course. Mat Damon plays blond-haired affable rugby captain Francois Pienaar. Morgan Freedman plays – you guessed it – Mandela. Damon’s accent sounds spot on to my ears, and I want to hug him for it. It makes me so happy! AND it’s directed by Clint Eastwood. I have high hopes for this flick.

Vote and feel free to comment and share your worst experience of a South African accent on the big screen!

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3 Responses to “VOTE: Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman try South African accents”

  1. Pretty Girls · November 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    you can say that morgan freeman is one of the most versatile actors that we have today ~

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