SOAP ON A ROPE

Sea­son 1 SABC3 (*193) 19:30 Episode 4

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A journo stum­bles on the soap’s se­crets and even Florence’s poi­soner con­fesses!

Zim­babwe-born Luthuli Dlamini swapped the UK for SA in the early ’90s and he’s be­come a main­stay on shows on just about every chan­nel – es­pe­cially soaps like Scan­dal! (2005-cur­rent) as Stan Ny­athi un­til 2015 and Gen­er­a­tions (1994-2014) as Scott Nomvete un­til 2013. Th­ese days, the 51-year-old is tak­ing on the fa­ther-fig­ure role of vet­eran ac­tor Sello on show-within-a-show com­edy Soap On A Rope (2017-cur­rent) and it sounds like com­edy is his new love…

De­scribe Soap On A Rope. It’s a com­edy about a soapie and the cast and crew who put Hard Body to­gether. It has cross­over ap­peal and hu­mour that will charm dif­fer­ent au­di­ences from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, like Suburban Bliss (1996) and The Co­conuts (2008-2009), where dif­fer­ent races, creeds – you name it – are brought to­gether. And who is your char­ac­ter in the greater scheme of things? Sello is an age­ing ac­tor who loves his po­si­tion in the cast as he thinks that he can pass down his act­ing wis­dom to the younger ac­tors. He is slightly ar­ro­gant be­cause he al­most made it big in Hol­ly­wood and he as­sumes that he can boss peo­ple around be­cause he’s mar­ried to the soapie’s pro­ducer Carmen (Pa­tri­cia Boyer). How did you pre­pare to play an ac­tor? [Laughs] I ref­er­enced char­ac­ters from TV and real-life to get into Sello’s head. Com­edy isn’t your usual act­ing gig… I love com­edy be­cause it’s more chal­leng­ing than other gen­res. It’s all about tim­ing; there’s pres­sure to make it flow. You’re not the only fa­mous ac­tor on the cast – Ashish Gan­gaper­sad (Ver­bal) played Prada on Isidingo and Me­lanie DuBois (Zee) was Felic­ity on 7de Laan… It’s what I call an ensem­ble cast and it was great to work with such a cross-sec­tion of tal­ent.

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