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Matt Damon Says Nelson Mandela Great Political Leader of His Lifetime
FOX ^ | 12/11/09 | By Hollie McKay

Posted on 12/11/2009 7:59:20 AM PST by envisio

No world leader has ever surpassed the accomplishments of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

So says actor Matt Damon, who plays rugby team captain Francois Pienaar in Clint Eastwood's Nelson Mandela film, "Invictus," which opens nationwide Friday.

“Mandela convinced everybody to not go to war. That involves a lot of personal responsibility," Damon told Tarts at last week’s Los Angeles premiere. "South Africa had the greatest political leader in the world in our lifetime. Period.”

The film covers the months in 1995 after Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa after decades of white apartheid rule, a time during which the country was close to devolving into civil war.

Damon says that Mandela couldn't save his country alone, though.

“There was responsibility taken by the citizens as well, that’s a lesson for the rest of the world about how to handle conflict.”

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: damon; mandela; mattdamon; moonbat; nelsonmandela; southafrica
Pic of his wife at link. I didn't know he and Ben broke up.
1 posted on 12/11/2009 7:59:21 AM PST by envisio
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To: envisio

MAAAAAT DAAAAMON

2 posted on 12/11/2009 8:01:01 AM PST by isthisnickcool (GIVE ME YOUR MONEY B***!! - President Obama)
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To: envisio

Wait, I’m taking notes...


3 posted on 12/11/2009 8:01:17 AM PST by americanophile ("For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.")
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To: envisio
"Pic of his wife at link. I didn't know he and Ben broke up. "

Beard.

4 posted on 12/11/2009 8:01:26 AM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: envisio

He’s only 39.


5 posted on 12/11/2009 8:01:56 AM PST by BGHater (America is a Kakistocracy.)
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To: isthisnickcool

F. A. G.


6 posted on 12/11/2009 8:02:40 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: americanophile

Nelson Mandela, the commie, was a great leader? Of course it’s understandable since matty is a typical socialist elitist.


7 posted on 12/11/2009 8:03:33 AM PST by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: envisio

Translation: I did a movie, so it MUST be important!


8 posted on 12/11/2009 8:04:39 AM PST by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: envisio
Matt Damon Says Nelson Mandela Great Political Leader of His Lifetime

Was that before or after he blew up trains??

9 posted on 12/11/2009 8:05:58 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: OldDeckHand

So Loony Ben grew a beard and Matt couldn’t be friends with him anymore because he was starting to resemble a man?


10 posted on 12/11/2009 8:07:10 AM PST by envisio (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: Puppage

>>>>Was that before or after he blew up trains??<<<<

Yeah but it was “for the people”.


11 posted on 12/11/2009 8:09:25 AM PST by envisio (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: envisio
"So Loony Ben grew a beard and Matt couldn’t be friends with him anymore because he was starting to resemble a man?"

I believe in contemporary vernacular, a "beard" is a woman who marries a gay man just to keep up appearances - it's very common in Hollywood circles.

12 posted on 12/11/2009 8:09:32 AM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: envisio

A worthless commie, just like Damon.


13 posted on 12/11/2009 8:13:13 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: OldDeckHand

Oh.... she is his ‘beard’ to make him look like a man. Got it.

As with most HollywoodCommies, I like his characters, but always try to tune him out when he speaks off camera as not to ruin it next time I see the movie.


14 posted on 12/11/2009 8:13:56 AM PST by envisio (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: envisio
Matt Damon Says Nelson Mandela Great Political Leader of His Lifetime

Obummer is NOT amused!

15 posted on 12/11/2009 8:13:58 AM PST by OB1kNOb (All FReepers need to pray Psalms 109:8 daily for Barack Obama. (Look it up. I'm serious.))
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To: envisio
please justify??

I remember him as a communist leader, friend of our enemies, hated by the Zulu, etc.

The emancipation was good but not well done. For in the manner in which they did, South Africa dropped from one of the most modern, economically prosperous countries to a third world nation. The change did not need to ruin SA, but it did.

16 posted on 12/11/2009 8:21:20 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: americanophile

I bet this movie bombs worse than fat boy Moore’s Capitalism.

Ingredients for this bomb: Matt Damon is box office death, communist Mandela and soccer.

Not to mention the once prosperous South Africa is fast turning into Zimbabwe under the ANC.


17 posted on 12/11/2009 8:21:34 AM PST by y6162 (uish..)
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To: y6162

...it’s not even soccer, it’s rugby. The audience this appeals to in the U.S. is like 500 people...and they all play on collegiate intramural rugby teams at liberal schools.


18 posted on 12/11/2009 8:27:34 AM PST by americanophile ("For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.")
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To: envisio

Too bad he couldn’t keep his wife’s posse from getting involved with that whole necklacing stuff.


19 posted on 12/11/2009 8:27:38 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: y6162

Some observers believe that South Africa will follow the Zimbabwe model shortly after Mandela’s death.

For all his faults, SA would have been much worse without Mandela.


20 posted on 12/11/2009 8:28:44 AM PST by lack-of-trust
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To: newfreep; All
He didn't happen to mention that “Man of Peace” Mandela was a hardcore Communist revolutionary, a member of the horrifically violent Communist African National Congress (whose allegiance was to the Socialist struggle first, “Panafrican liberation” second, and South Africa last).

At any rate, Mandela was little more than an easily manipulated puppet on the strings of Joe Slovo and the Soviet KGB, and was imprisoned for so long for his part in the murder of a Police Officer did he (Nelson buried the gun in his own yard - real bright, huh...)?

Oh well, I guess actual details don't matter to a radical Boston “Southie” psuedo-labor stooge in Hollyweird who owes his career to his associations with the Affleck brothers. What an idiot.

Eastwood, however, should know better.

21 posted on 12/11/2009 8:28:56 AM PST by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: envisio
Goof

Mandela picks Iraq over U.S.

22 posted on 12/11/2009 8:30:37 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: envisio

Matt Damon is just stupidly liberal line he learned as a youth in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

If anything, F.W. De Klerk is at least equal to Mandela. He had the reigns of power, but peacefully gave-up power, and the Afrikaaners culture, to the ANC. Many in his National Party were quite willing to carry on with Apartheid.

The most important point - De Klerk could only move when he did, because Communism and the Soviet Union had just collapsed. The ANC was a Marxist movement, and with the Soviet Union and Cuba fomenting bloody revolt and revolution throughout Africa, no responsible politician could begin to work for a transfer of power while the ANC was directly supported by the Soviet Union. White South Africans saw what happened in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe with Robert Mugabe and his thugs. As such, the ANC and their radicalism share the blame equally for keeping apartheid in place.


23 posted on 12/11/2009 8:32:04 AM PST by PGR88
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To: envisio

What a bold move! I wonder if it will have a negative impact on his career as an actor? /s


24 posted on 12/11/2009 8:34:00 AM PST by Augustinian monk
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To: elpadre
I did business in South Africa in 2000 and on one trip I thought we were going to go to Johannesburg but instead did our business in a completely different place well out of the city since to quote my South African host, "J-burg is a cesspool and one of the most dangerous places for a white man. We have abdicated it to the thugs and the place is like an apocalyptic movie setting." So much for the great leader BS
25 posted on 12/11/2009 8:34:28 AM PST by dumpthelibs (dumpthelibs)
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To: envisio

“Mandela convinced everybody to not go to war. That involves a lot of personal responsibility,”

That is pure BS. Mandela was offered his freedom many times in the years leading up to his eventual release on condition he swears off violence. He refused every time. He also did not become the leader of the ANC until after his release, up to then he was the leader of the ANC’s armed wing which carried out many attacks on civilians.

In the time leading up to his release, and ever since, the ANC has waged war against those Zulus who stand against them, and many thousands have died in that war.


26 posted on 12/11/2009 8:34:44 AM PST by Ironfocus
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To: elpadre

“”””please justify??”””””

Matt Dammon is a Hollywood idiot. There you go.


27 posted on 12/11/2009 8:42:36 AM PST by envisio (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: newfreep

Mandela was in prison because he had government building schematics in his possession. He had plans to bomb those buildings.

Quite the hero, eh?


28 posted on 12/11/2009 8:47:33 AM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Carley

This is not necessarily to defend Mandela but many of Israeli’s early political leaders bombed/attacked British targets during the Mandate. One of those involved in acts of terrorism was Rahm Emmanuael’s dad.


29 posted on 12/11/2009 8:53:58 AM PST by C19fan
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To: envisio
Matt Damon would say anything to promote his film Invictus the story of Communist Nelson Mandela.
30 posted on 12/11/2009 8:55:12 AM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Marxism.)
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To: C19fan

When the British headquarters hotel was bombed, there was a warning before hand........if I am not mistaken.


31 posted on 12/11/2009 9:11:01 AM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: envisio
hollyweird water destroys brain cells at an accelerated rate.

LLS

32 posted on 12/11/2009 9:21:24 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: OldDeckHand

She got pregnant. Entirely an accident I am sure. *smirk*


33 posted on 12/11/2009 12:55:32 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: lack-of-trust

“believe that South Africa will follow the Zimbabwe model shortly after Mandela’s death”

Actually I heard that basically all the whites will be fair game after his death. Systematic.


34 posted on 12/11/2009 12:56:34 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: lack-of-trust

Without Mandella, they might still be under Apartheid. Under Apartheid, SA was actually doing pretty well. They had some civil rights issues, but . . .


35 posted on 12/11/2009 12:59:39 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: envisio

Mandela took the most prosperous country in Africa and turned it into a 3rd world hell-hole that makes Detroit look good by comparison.


36 posted on 12/11/2009 1:06:52 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: envisio
In England, every year, the BBC plays Mandela's famous speech. You know the one. The one that starts out, "I am Nelson Mandela, a Communist." Only they leave off that part.

The transition from ANC Communist and terrorist to World statesman is complete and he can join that happy group of frauds that include Yasir Arafat, Ceasar Chavez and Che Guevara.

37 posted on 12/11/2009 1:08:26 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

bttt


38 posted on 12/11/2009 1:10:54 PM PST by petercooper (GOP: Big Tent Party??? Not if you are a CONSERVATIVE.)
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To: Ironfocus
"In the time leading up to his release, and ever since, the ANC has waged war against those Zulus who stand against them, and many thousands have died in that war."

I was reading last summer that there's quite a bit of intolerance to the refugees (perhaps they're Zulu, I'm not sure), amongst the indigenous SA tribal people. It frequently turns very violent in some of these refugee areas.

Hardly the model of inclusiveness that Mandela allegedly advocates.

39 posted on 12/11/2009 1:11:11 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: envisio

He’ll say the same thing of Ahmedinejad after making a movie about him, then of Chavez after making a movie about him, and so on.


40 posted on 12/11/2009 1:15:02 PM PST by DPMD (~)
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To: envisio

It was in reading about Mandela that I learned all about “necklacing”: Tie a person in a chair so they are immobile. Fill an old tire with gasoline and put it over their head. Toss in a lit match.

Nice guy, that Nelson fellow.


41 posted on 12/11/2009 1:18:25 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: OldDeckHand

It is the Shona’s from Zimbabwe. The locals are intolerant because they work for a lower wage and don’t unionize, so they get employed before the locals do.


42 posted on 12/11/2009 4:24:48 PM PST by Ironfocus
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To: Ramius

Normally there is no chair involved. The victim’s hands are tied behind his back using chickenwire, and then the tire is filled with diesel and lit. Diesel is stickier, so it sticks to the victim’s skin better, and burns longer.


43 posted on 12/11/2009 4:27:04 PM PST by Ironfocus
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To: Ironfocus
"It is the Shona’s from Zimbabwe. "

Yes, that's who it was. Thanks.

44 posted on 12/11/2009 4:33:39 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: envisio

Why do people support Hollywood? The dollars that are spent for entertainment are many times directly used to work against the very things we stand for.


45 posted on 12/11/2009 4:42:15 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: envisio
"No world leader has ever surpassed the accomplishments of former South African President Nelson Mandela American President Ronald Reagan."

Fixed it. Without Reagan, Nelson would still be sitting in a prison cell.

46 posted on 12/11/2009 4:49:03 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: elpadre
Apartheid was immoral. However, the Afrikaners made a mistake giving up political power too quickly. They needed to do more to bring Blacks into the political process gradually.

Or they should had split the country up, one for the Afrikaners, one for the English, one for the Zulu, one for the Coloreds.

47 posted on 05/16/2010 9:38:11 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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