sa star carl beukes talks angels!
carl beukes tells us how he almost had his angel wings clipped in his sci-fi series dominion.
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dominion’s (2014-current) archangel gabriel doesn’t have flowing golden locks. his dark hair is slicked back and instead of plucking a harp, this winged killer wields a razor-sharp sword. he despises humanity and won’t think twice about putting people on the extinction list. south african actor carl beukes (who played paul mcpherson in isidingo between 2004 and 2009 and dylan fourie in binnelanders in 2010 and 2011) plays gabriel, but the actor almost didn’t make the cut for dominion, which might be a us series but it was actually filmed in cape town.
there was a chance that we wouldn’t see you as gabriel. what happened? i auditioned for a few roles but never for gabriel in the pilot episode. they gave me gabriel for the pilot, but i’m sure they were intending to recast if the season was picked up. gabriel’s screentime in the pilot was miniscule so they could give it to an unknown south african actor as it was cheaper than flying a star out here for only a few days. in fact, in the scenes they covered my head with a cloak so the audience never properly saw my face. so how did you end up as gabriel? i got an email from one of the producers explaining that if dominion wasn’t picked up, they’d want to transform the pilot into a tv movie. to do this, they would need gabriel to explain what wasn’t explained in the pilot. i was sent a monologue to read. the next morning, i read the lines for scott stewart, who directed the movie legion (2010) which dominion is based on and he stood up and applauded me. he asked me to do it again and gave me another standing ovation. a few days later, dominion series creator vaun wilmott emailed me. he said that he loved my monologue. the series was picked up and i was offered the role. that’s pretty cool! so who is gabriel? he was the messenger of god and the oldest and wisest angel. he was the archangel who told mary of nazareth that she was going to give birth to jesus. and why does he hate humans so much? gabriel comes from a place of love.
love for his father and his family, and love for the world. he used to love humans too, but the more they betrayed god, the more his love faded. the bond between him and his father was broken and gabriel now believes that it was because of humans. so his anger towards humankind stems from abandonment and betrayal. in dominion, there’s no love lost between gabriel and his archangel brother michael (tom
wisdom). tell us more… after god decided to leave the world and its angels to their own devices, gabriel believed that the only way to please his father and bring him back is to wipe out the human race and start again. he almost succeeds, but michael believes in and loves the humans. he stands up for and protects them from gabriel and his army.
did you do your own stunts? there were one or two stunts that i wasn’t allowed to be part of where a stunt double stepped in, but in general, i like to do my own stunts. most of your sa fans remember you from isidingo. do you still watch the soapie? i wish i had the time. i catch bits and pieces at home and it’s always good to see my old friends like the great robert whitehead (barker) and leeanda reddy (priya) still charming the horizon deep screen.