Friday, April 3, 2009

TheTVObserver: Sello Maake Ka-Ncube

It is incredibly difficult to find high quality pictures of South African stars which TheTVObserver likes, in order to feature on StarSpread. Productions do not invest in publicity photoshoots, as frustrating as it is, we have managed to find some pictures of one of the most influential actors on South African television. In this special Observation meets StarSpread piece, we present Sello Maake Ka Ncube.

I like Sello, that would explain why he made the StarSpread. What is most impressive about the guy is his range of acting emotions on Scandal. When he goes from one language to the other depending on the nationality of his co-star/character, man that is cool. It’s just a wonderful moment on television which simply illustrates his growth and professional standard in acting.

Observing him hold his head and cry “it should have been me...Alex”, “it should have been me man”, when he realized that his son was turned into an addict. Holding his head in the same way as most black people, when confronted with a great loss or extreme pain. That was just one of the most memorable moments, in a warehouse of moments, the actor has delivered. It captured our hearts. To think that he is actually a bad man...kind-off! He did kill his wife.....Wink Wink! On the show - Scandal.

It’s fun to watch him become a chameleon on screen, adapting to a boomerang of acting abilities.

Sometimes I have no idea what comes out of his mouth and I thank the show that they have subtitles. I hate subtitles because you miss out on so much including the gravity and excitement of expressions.

Best known to his fans as Archie, because of his role on Generations on the SABC1, from 1993-1997 and again from 1998-2002. He left the show in 1997 after a pay dispute but was brought back within a year after ratings on the show dropped following his departure. In 2002 his character was killed off on the show, and he decided to pursue his career abroad

He now plays a manipulative and scheming CEO of the NZH publishing company on etv’s Scandal as Daniel Nyathi. The cops regularly regard him as a person of interest. They just need to do something with his hair, and with that am not talking of a new hairstyle. Just make him more trimmed and sexy. What he has looks a bit questionable and not complimentary to his character..

I knew this guy once, who said he was not gay but he would reconsider if Archie made him an offer. I asked if he was joking and he said he was dead serious and proceeded to ask me if I saw the actors lips. I said to him why would I do that. He said “they are hot”. This was the time the actor was a mega household name, during his time at Generations. I laughed so hard it was unbelievable…because it was the last thing I expected from him. What an effect you had on your fans Mr. Sello. I guess that's why the ratings dropped when you left Generations. You know what we say in know you have made it when you are reported to be gay or you have a lot of gay fans. LOL

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube was born in Orlando, Soweto, in 1960, but mostly raised in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. It wasn’t until he was 15 – when he saw Gibson Kente’s How Long – that he realised that he wanted to be an actor. Ka-Ncube is now one of South Africa's most esteemed actors, having performed in the United States, Britain, Canada and Europe.

Films in which he has appeared include A Dry White Season (1989), The Rutanga Tapes (1990), Dark City (1990), Wheels and Deals (1991), The Good Fascist (1992), Bopha! (1993), Taxi to Soweto (1993), Djadje: Last Night I Fell Off a Horse (1993) and Othello: A South African Tale (2005).

He also appeared in the made-for-TV movies A Woman of Color (1997) and Bridge of Time (1997). After starring in the title role of The Lion King in London’s West End, Sello played the title role in Othello opposite Antony Sher for Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End of London.

Although his role on Scandal is cool, I believe they could push him further to deliver much more than what he is giving viewers. He has a range to do awesome scenes and I do not think the producers, writers and directors are giving him the opportunity to showcase his scope of talent on-screen.

I think Sello has done a great job as an actor and remains one of the stars we would like see play an even bigger role in pushing the quality of acting and television to a higher level of entertainment.

By TheTVObserver
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1 comment:

Rebone Makgato (@1Rebone) said...

I came across this post while researching the role Sello played in an early 1990s South African movie/series titled "The Line". It's difficult to find information about actors' works, especially the early ones. I guess The Observer is right about movie producers in South Africa not doing enough to invest in publicity for their actors. Anyway, Sello is a great actor and an asset to the South African arts/entertainment industry, and I believe he has the capacity to do more and delivery strong, complicated performances - should he be offered such roles. At the current rate, including his stage presence, I think he's short-changed. He has stated on record that he doesn't want to leave the Souuth African acting scene altogether, but perhaps a stint in Hollywood can do the trick?