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