I have never been convinced by sports movies.
Indeed, I’m struggling to think of a stand-out example where a sport has transferred well to the big screen.
So I’m feeling a little trepidation – and no little bemusement – in learning that rugby is next in line for the Hollywood treatment.
Matt Damon is to play former South African rugby skipper Francoise Pienaar in a film version of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the movie of South Africa’s triumph on home soil will also feature Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.
Freeman has described the part as the “role of his life” and believes Damon is the right choice to play Pienaar.
The film – to be called The Human Factor – is based on Jon Carlin’s book “Play the Enemy: Nelson Mandela And The Game That Made A Nation”.