Down and out on mean streets of LA — No thanks!

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AC­TOR Pres­ley Ch­weneya­gae claims that de­spite the pos­si­bil­ity that he would find op­por­tu­ni­ties in the US he did not move there af­ter the Os­car win of the film

be­cause he did not want to end up on the streets of Los An­ge­les broke and home­less.

The star‚ who re­cently lit up TV screens here with the launch of

se­ries on Mzansi Magic‚ told TshisaLIVE that at the time he had not wanted to leave South Africa just on “a whim and a prom­ise’’.

won the Os­car in 2006 for best for­eign lan­guage film.

“My life changed af­ter we won the Os­car. I got calls from around the world and there was a lot of in­ter­est. I would send au­di­tion tapes across and some­times hear back. I could have gone to LA but without any­thing con­crete I didn’t want to rush off and then end up broke and home­less in LA. It hap­pens all too of­ten‚” Ch­weneya­gae said.

In­stead, the star signed up for sev­eral lo­cal projects‚ in­clud­ing some films and some the­atre work.

How­ever‚ no mat­ter how much he tried to shake it‚ his role in

stayed with him. “I would do a num­ber of roles that were dif­fer­ent to [what I did in] to show my ver­sa­til­ity but my role in stuck. You could say it over­shad­owed the rest of my ca­reer‚ but I am an ac­tor who thrives off do­ing dif­fer­ent roles, so I tried not to get too frus­trated‚” he said.

Part of that ver­sa­til­ity has seen him make the tran­si­tion from film to TV for The show is based on the 2013 film, which also starred Ch­weneya­gae. He ad­mit­ted that the tran­si­tion was a lit­tle tough at times.

“It is a very dif­fer­ent for­mat. There’s a lot more shoot­ing in the day and it’s very in­ten­sive. I had to lis­ten to those around me and take their ad­vice a lit­tle more than I would if I were shoot­ing a film. But it was ex­cit­ing and I am glad to have fi­nally made my mark on TV‚” he said with a laugh.

Mzansi Magic, Sun­days 8pm

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