Hamil­ton Dlamini

What’s go­ing on in your favourite char­ac­ter’s head?

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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.

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