What’s going on in your favourite character’s head?
Property magnate and allround nasty guy Banzi (Hamilton Dlamini) is behind bars on telenovela Isithembiso (2017- current, see more p30) but he’s still calling the shots and few are willing to cross his path. Hamilton is a far cry from his character though, shying away from fights and dodgy deals that Banzi is notorious for. Instead, the actor can be found rehearsing his lines, preparing for appearances on stage and in theatres and, of course, binging in front of the smallscreen.
What was the first TV show you acted out with friends?
It’s a Sesotho drama series that was huge in the ’80s called Mampodi. I would act out Motsie’s (Winston Gama) boxing moves while the “crowd” watched. [Laughs]
What did you do when an “adult” moment came on while you were watching TV with family?
I would look at my parents to see their reaction and wait for them to look back at me – it was awkward to say the least. [Laughs]
What product have you wanted ever since you saw it on TV?
It might sound silly, but Baker’s Choice Assorted Biscuits. Perfect for the festive season and everyone in the family has their favourite. And it’s all in one convenient box!
Whose TV wardrobe do you want?
Bogart (Kabelo Mabalane) in telenovela The Road (2015-2016). He was always dressed in classy suits and fancy hats.
Whose TV house would you love to live in?
Banzi’s mansion on Isithembiso because he lives like a king… when he’s not in prison.
What kind of TV/movie cop would you be?
Police detective Orin Boyd on Exit Wounds (2001), played by Steven Seagal. He’s courageous in fighting the skewed law and he doesn’t back down.
What shows are you fanatical about now?
Other than Isithembiso, which I am on [Laughs], I like to watch reality show Date My Family (2015- current) and investigative journalism show Carte Blanche (1988- current).
If you worked behind the scenes, what would you do and why?
I’d go for something really behind the scenes, like director of photography. I like the freedom to create scenes using lights and effects.
What’s one of your favourite plot twists from a TV show?
When the protagonist forgives a villain and later gets attacked by said villain. It usually happens when viewers don’t expect it.
What is your nightmare scenario while filming?
When someone that I’m about to do a scene with is on the phone texting or checking out their social media updates while we are supposed to be listening to the director.
Which genre don’t you like and why?
Without a doubt soapies. They’re often predictable and go in circles.
If you could play any character on any show, who and why?
An honest priest who helps combat crime.
How would you like your character to exit the storyline?
Hopefully that’s still a while away, but to simply walk out of the room without anybody knowing anything.
Who’s your favourite TV icon?
Darlington Michaels, who has played Horizon Deep’s number-one gangster “Papa G” Georgie Zamdela on Isidingo since the show started in 1998. Darlington is a professional and he respects his craft.
What show and episode made you cry last?
When Banzi forced naïve student Simi (Nandi Mbatha) to undress in Isithembiso in February this year.
Your favourite animated character is…
Timon in the movie The Lion King (1994)… Hakuna matata. [Laughs]
And if you could change one thing about your character Banzi, what would it be?
I would make him protect university students and hunt down criminals who take advantage of them.