Most little kid’s celebrity meet and greet features the likes of Mickey Mouse but Matt Damon‘s kids? They got to meet Mandela! While shooting Invictus in Africa Matt Damon and his family got to spend some quality time with the one and only Nelson Mandela.
Matt was initially approached about meeting Mandela but at first turned down the invitation saying…recently on an appearance on David Letterman that, “My wife and I said, You know what, we would rather give him the gift of five minutes where he doesn’t have to take a picture and make small talk with somebody.’”
But then they were told that Mandela was totally up for the visit and that they should bring their three daughters along. They realized that this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for their offspring so they said yes.
“So we did … it was amazing to watch him,” he said. “Lucy and I didn’t even talk to him, we just let him hang out with the kids. He bounced them on his knee.” Damon said that it was “great to watch the kids get that they were in the presence” of the great man.
Their two youngest daughters were mesmerized in the meeting and seemed to get the importance of the event. Matt said, “”[Isabella] and [Gia Zavala] couldn’t take their eyes off him. They just were looking at each other, completely locked on each other the entire time.”