Heist

Ever won­dered what hap­pens be­hind the scenes of a big heist dur­ing an in­ter­na­tional con­cert? Ac­tion drama Heist lifts the lid.

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Heist Sea­son 1 Tues­days (from 9 Fe­bru­ary) e.tv 21:30

In 2013, while scream­ing fans were watch­ing pop star Justin Bieber per­form live for the first time in South Africa, be­hind the scenes a sin­is­ter crime was un­fold­ing. Af­ter two el­derly work­ers at the FNB Sta­dium in Soweto were fired and sent pack­ing with­out a sin­gle cent to their names, one com­mit­ted sui­cide while the other avenged his best friend’s death af­ter be­ing ca­joled into a plan to rob the sta­dium of a huge chunk of money. Based on this true tale, Heist (2016cur­rent) stars sea­soned ac­tor Jerry Mo­fo­keng as re­trenched and ag­grieved grounds­man Tal­ent, who goes from happy-go-lucky to de­vi­ous, while young hus­tler 5bob, played by for­mer child star Wright Ngubeni, helps him.

WRIGHT NGUBENI (5BOB)

How did the role come about? I was con­tacted by the pro­ducer, whom I’ve worked with be­fore, and when he in­tro­duced me to the char­ac­ter, the rest was his­tory. What drew you to it? I’ve never played such a role. I was cu­ri­ous about what would hap­pen if I were to jump onto that wagon. It’s not some­thing I’d have cho­sen, but the jour­ney of how 5bob loses his mind and the build-up, it’s ex­tra­or­di­nary. How do you re­late to 5bob? Un­like him, I still have both my par­ents. He’s driven by in­de­pen­dence which is a char­ac­ter­is­tic that we share. He’s a hus­tler and that’s where we re­late. The only dif­fer­ence is how we get there. How has him grow­ing up with­out par­ents con­trib­uted to who he is to­day? We don’t know what made him an or­phan, but we’ll soon find out and that’s where it gets in­ter­est­ing. He doesn’t seem aware that he doesn’t have par­ents. We meet him at the peak of his mad­ness and see that it’s not be­cause he’s an or­phan that he does the things he does. He has a dark, dan­ger­ous side and a very friendly side. Which do you en­joy por­tray­ing more? I en­joy him as a whole. He’s smooth enough to be ac­cepted be­fore let­ting the snake out. One side needs to sur­vive off the other.

Tal­ent (left) and 5bob are tak­ing on the world

of cash heists.

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