Cape Town – We fell instantly in love when we watched the teaser trailer for Ballade vir 'n Enkeling.
The iconic opening theme, the mysterious lead and the fresh new look at a South African television classic had us very, very interested.
In our duty to provide you with the latest entertainment scoop we went in search of the hottie we spotted in the trailer.
At the popular Cape Town coffee spot - Haas, surrounded by the aroma of coffee, we sat down with Armand Aucamp to talk Ballade, career and play a game of either or.
You’re the star of the movie Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling. How did you get involved in the project?
"I first heard about the movie through an audition brief. At the time I was based in Cape Town and they held auditions primarily in Johannesburg. They couldn’t find anyone they were happy with and they decided to do auditions in Cape Town as well. Leon van Nierop, the author, was adamant that he didn’t want to cast a well-known face. He had never heard of me before and apparently I was what he had in mind for the character."
Can you tell us more about the character you play?
"I play Jacques Rynhard a writer. At the beginning of the film he is awarded a literary prize but does not show up for the award ceremony. He just disappears. Throughout the film you learn through flashbacks what happened to him and why he disappeared. There is a lot of speculation: has he been murderer, kidnapped, is he a coke addict? He has a complex upbringing and a more complicated adult life through the weaving of stories and background you find out what happened."
Did you follow the original television series?
"Not at all, but I do remember the music very well. Interestingly enough I was 27 when we started shooting which had been 27 years since the series originally aired. I made a point not to watch the series because I think if I had watched it subconsciously, even if I didn’t mean to do it, I would emulate it."
Who do you think this film will appeal to?
"I think they were really clever in only doing the film now. It’s long enough for a new generation to not have any connection to it and the people who enjoyed the series are still alive to enjoy the remake. The timing was very clever. I also think Afrikaans films tend to always be nostalgic where now the story is quiet nostalgic but it takes place in contemporary society. All these elements will be appealing to a new audience."
Why should everyone go see this movie?
"I hope it will be groundbreaking in terms of standard. It’s a real story that’s not pretentious or slapstick. We need that kind of stuff but we also need real drama."
We spotted you in Homeland. Will you tell us a bit about that?
"I have to admit I have never watched Homeland. After I did it I binged on all three seasons over a weekend. It was such a cool experience. It isn’t very different from working on a local production. We’re very lucky. South African crews are on par with Hollywood crews. It was really interesting to see how fluid everything works. And there’s a lot of collaboration between the director and the actors. Nothing is set in stone."
What’s your biggest career dream?
"The dream is to go international. I am very privileged and happy to be working. I won’t leave South Africa as there is so much more opportunity to work on international productions right here. In terms of role I would love to play an historical figure set in a period like the 20s."
Do you have career advice for anyone on how to make it in the local movie industry?
"Being successful is working and not necessarily being famous. It’s important to go study and to not stop. Keep working, be tenacious. Nothing good comes easy."
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