Actor Mpho Sebeng has declared his disappointment and strong views about international actors playing South African roles because he believes that there’s enough talent in Mzansi to do them justice.
“We are tired of seeing Americans playing our iconic figures… we tired of seeing your Idris Elba’s playing our Mandelas and the likes, when we have enough talent right here. No offence to them, they are great but we have all we need here to tell our own stories, even in Hollywood productions,” he told TshisaLIVE.
“We need to build up our profiles and increase our commercial values. Not only in our own country but abroad as well. I want to make sure that I play roles that will have an impact in Africa and the world. We need to find ourselves at a point where we have that commercial value so that when it’s time to tell our stories, we will be prioritised.”
He said, together with backing from the right structures and government, actors could turn the matter around by building their profiles and their value.