The Olympics’ opening ceremony will represent a slice of life in Brazil, including a mugging scene with supermodel Gisele Bundchen the unlikely victim.
Around 3000 guests attended a full dress rehearsal of the ceremony in Rio at the Maracana stadium and were asked to keep the show a secret.
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But social media was ablaze with images of the practice session for a show that will attract a massive global audience on Saturday (7am AEST).
There’s no lack of honesty or self examination in the production.
According to the Daily Mail, Bundchen is one of the stars and plays out a scene that mirrors some of the problems being experienced in the buildup to the Olympics.
As she struts down a catwalk to the sound of The Girl From Ipanema, she is unexpectedly held up and robbed.
Police officers come to her rescue in a chase around the stadium and they catch the accused.
Bundchen, one of the world’s highest paid models, has sporting connections.
She dated multiple world surfing champion Kelly Slater and is married to American NFL star Tom Brady. She was involved in the 2014 Fifa World Cup that Brazil hosted, delivering the golden trophy to the same stadium ahead of the final.
Importantly, the start of the Olympics production will feature a call for peace as the world experiences increasingly troubled times and will use sport’s greatest global gathering to get across that message.
The ceremony’s director Leonardo Caetano told the BBC the show would be “a reinterpretation of Brazil”.
“We will have a moment in which we will show… the Brazilian way of receiving people. The second is the ‘Garden’. Brazil live on the largest green reserve in the world and this is an important issue for us. The third is about creativity, the Brazilians’ ability to do more with less.”
The ceremony will feature 2000 light guns, 3000kg of fireworks and 109 projectors before an expected 12,000 athletes are led into the stadium, each country being given their own samba band.
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