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Eyed at Invictus Premiere

2009-12-11 15:32

The Cape Town premiere of the much anticipated Invictus movie was packed with nostalgia, TV stars and bad manners.

See the star-studded gallery from the premiere.

The V&A Nu Metro theatres looked a little odd filled with beautiful people in evening dresses, suits and many men sporting rugby injuries like 'kool ore'. The first face we spotted was Jeannie D with her hunky partner. Actually, we spotted her skin-tight, bondage-esque dress first. She looked like a lady in the front and a mistress at the back with all those straps and zips. Meow!

I happened to be behind Hannes van Wyk, who played Krynauw in Egoli, on the escalator. He dished that there are some big surprises in store on the near-ending soapie, but he wouldn't divulge. In the meantime he's been keeping busy behind the camera for Homebrew Films. He was spotted with his 'friend' all night who also seems to be working with him. Are they more than friends? Hmm...

The yellow carpet saw a whole lot of action. Constant Visser (ex-Mr Minki van der Westhuizen) arrived looking lonely, but not without backup. He was with his bud Ivan Zimmerman, who plays Koert in Egoli. Wow, he's a whole lot better looking in person.

Wondering why so many Egoli peeps rocked up? The actress who plays Francois Pienaar's wife Nerine in the movie is none other than Marguerite Wheatley, who played Doreen in the soapie a few years back. She looks totally different! She was rocking the most exquisite peach chiffon one-shoulder dress and a delicious tan. Sigh...

Obviously a few rugby stalwarts made an appearance. Schalk Burger, Morné du Plessis and Chester Williams were spotted on the carpet. The MC of the evening was Hugh Bladen, who was more like a Master of the Chardonnay than ceremonies! Our long wait for the guest of honour, Morgan Freeman, was soundtracked by Hugh's endless drone when PJ Powers wasn't singing.

PJ was hilariously jovial. I heard her tell a friend: "Darling, I'm just going to put my takkies on because you know how I am in heels!" Cute, man! She performed "Shosholoza" and "World in Union", the official (unofficial) '95 World Cup anthems before catching up with Marguerite and a few other peeps.

Everyone was then asked to move into the cinema. But Morgan Freeman wasn't there yet! After a second, earnest call to get your butts in your seats, just the media were left waiting carpet-side for God, uh, Mr Freeman to make his grand entrance. After another half an hour and at least three more blisters on my poor heeled feet, the very tall, softly spoken and surprisingly not so freckled Morgan Freeman arrived.

Snap snap, answer, answer, and the Cape Town Invictus premiere was over! Sjoe! Rugby definitely is the most tiring sport, even if you're only watching it on the big screen. 

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