Soap On A Rope

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Sea­son 1 SABC3 (*193) 19:30 Com­edy

Al­fred Ntombela’s swapped his mis­chievi­ous laugh and bigscreen bestie Leon Schus­ter for some­thing a lit­tle smaller. The 45-year-old, nick­named Shorty, plays De­tec­tive Han­ni­bal Ma­sondo on show-within-a-show TV com­edy Soap On A Rope (2016-cur­rent) and he says that search­ing for a killer is dif­fer­ent to his trade­mark imp-ish movie roles.

Why did you choose the most se­ri­ous role on Soap On A Rope? To be hon­est, it was dif­fer­ent to au­di­tion for some­thing that I’m not known for. I never thought that I’d be good in a se­ri­ous scene, but it all worked out dur­ing the au­di­tions and the script helped build con­text. How did you find the tight film­ing sched­ule? It was hec­tic! I did two shoots ev­ery­day in a short space of time and ev­ery­thing was quick [the 13 episodes were filmed in 13 days]. It’s also dif­fer­ent film­ing in a stu­dio as op­posed to out­side. How so? With Leon’s movies, we film out­side and the ac­tion is real. Cam­eras fol­low you out­side and there’s con­stant move­ment. When you film in­doors, it’s be­hind a wall. There’s very lit­tle move­ment and it’s all about fa­cial ex­pres­sion. If Soap On A Rope is re­newed for sea­son 2, will you drag Leon on for a guest spot? It all de­pends but if Leon is still strong and will­ing, I don’t see why not. What else are you work­ing on? I work with young and undis­cov­ered tal­ent who are in­ter­ested in the en­ter­tain­ment world. I do work­shops that help these young peo­ple get ready for tele­vi­sion and film, put­ting to­gether their CVs and un­der­stand­ing the busi­ness bet­ter, from top to bot­tom.

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