TV Plus (South Africa) - - 1 MARCH -

Jody Abra­hams has made a ca­reer play­ing bad guys, like 66 Gang boss Kenny Gun­man in soapie Rhythm City (since May 2015) and Fred the gan­glord in the 2015 movie The Jakes Are Miss­ing. His new bad-guy role, on ac­tion se­ries The Heist (2016-cur­rent), is based on the real-life case of a mas­sive cash heist at Soweto’s FNB Sta­dium in 2013 dur­ing the Justin Bieber con­cert. The 41-yearold Jody says that he’s lov­ing be­ing on The Heist and “the pro­duc­tion’s bud­get was tiny and I wasn’t sure how the end prod­uct would look, but from what I’ve seen, they made an amaz­ing se­ries with strik­ing vis­ual ef­fects!”

Tell us more about your char­ac­ter Irvin. He’s a cut-throat busi­ness­man and the man­ager of the sta­dium where the heist takes place. He fired the work­ers who then re­tal­i­ate and steal his money dur­ing the con­cert. Irvin’s a feared man and he won’t hes­i­tate to elim­i­nate any ob­sta­cles in his way. What can fans ex­pect from the se­ries? An ac­tion-packed thriller that will keep the view­ers guess­ing and show what hap­pens af­ter the heist takes place and how the crim­i­nals will have to deal with the con­se­quences of their ac­tions. Tell us about the stage play that you and your wife Di­aan Lawrenson (Paula in 7de Laan – read more on p20) are work­ing on. It’s called Klein Jakkelsies [Lit­tle Jackals]. Di­aan and I play a mar­ried cou­ple who are strug­gling with is­sues. It’s a com­edy and we’ll per­form it at the Wo­ord­fees in Stel­len­bosch (4-13 March) this year. I love work­ing with my wife on stage, plus it also gives her the op­por­tu­nity to take some time off from her work at 7de Laan.

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