Damon In Awe During Mandela Visit
MATT DAMON is delighted NELSON MANDELA paid a visit to the set of his forthcoming movie - because seeing the former South African president meet his young daughters is a memory he will treasure forever.
The actor stars in Invictus, based on a book of Mandela's life during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in the country, and was stunned to meet him on-set.
Damon took his wife Lucy, her daughter Alexia, from a previous relationship, and their daughters Isabella and Gia, with him to meet the icon - and seeing Mandela interact with his family was an overwhelming experience.
He says, "Lucy and I just sat and watched them (the children). The stills photographer from the movie was allowed to come, and I was like, 'Take some pictures!' And so he took all these shots of Gia - she was about six months at the time. And the kids were captivated by him.
"They just got it instantly. Looking in his eyes, they understood everything. Alexia was very nervous. Isabella and Gia weren't at all because they didn't know (about Mandela), until they got into the room and were completely taken by him."