Interview from December 7th, 2009 by Suzette Trotter for SARIE
The original (in Afrikaans) can be read here. I did my best in translating, some words and meaning I could not figure out, it is marked with ( )
- To film again in South Africa. However, it does not exist an "ultimate role" which I have to play. I would've liked to interpret the robber Andre Stander , but this time is over. My glass is half full and the best is yet to come - whatever the role might be! ( )
- A master-shooter to be. I now shoot with a .22 L-rifle.
- Someday to be remembered as a passable actor and an awful shooter. Someone who can recite a bible poem while firing five shots in 2 cm over 50 m (without a telescope).
- That from one day to another the world is in a better condition than until now.
- For the years to come more stage work to do. Acting possibilities become scarce as a person grows older and the best roles for older men is on the stage. It's where I started and there I will return.
- The best for SA. I feel responsible in the kind of that I'm really worried about things that I was powerless to reverse. I rather keep my mouth shut.
I'M AFRAID OF:
- That people whom I love are harmed. If I love you and you feel pain, I felt it with you.
- A crocodile - terrifying! I refuse to swim in muddy waters.
- Before a film is issued, I'm always a little anxious. It is such a hard work that you always hope for the best. Especially a movie like GI Joe, where two films will follow if the first one makes much money. It means work for the next five years.
WHAT I KNOW NOW:
- In December (2009) is my 20th year in Hollywood. My wife Sylvia and me live in Santa Monica with our Staffordshire Terrier. Hollywood has taught me to be strong ( ). I had to leave my country and my people. It was or is bitter - the urge to prove myself was just stronger. Hollywood is a prostitute and sometimes she lets you into her, but most times she laughs for your dull masculinity.
- Success is good. It's your personal milestone you reach. It makes you feel good about yourself and gives you a storage for the unsuccessful days you know will come. Fame means nothing. Honestly, I hate it that my face is known.( ) You can stuff yourself with the glamour world much as you want, but it has no nutritional value. Your work and your behavior on the set is all that counts.
- Nobody in Hollywood has made an impact on me. My teachers at school, my parents, my sister, my uncles, aunts, nephews, cousins and a few exceptional women had an influence on the person I am today. I see my mother and sister once a year. They come to me where I work or I visit them in SA.
- My parents taught me: Do not sleep with someone with whom you work and save your money!
- The biggest challenge I've faced. . . To be alone in a strange country, away from my people and my home, was rough. Many nights I cried until sunrise.
- My first marriage failed. I learned that I can easily run from relationships. ( ). The married life is the hardest thing a man can approach. Sylvia and I are already 12 years together. There is something magical about our relationship. She is the best.
- I'm too old for children. Sylvia has a child from a previous relationship. He recently became father and I am now a grandfather. He is wonderful and I have much fun with him, but I'm very happy to send him home, too, at the end of the day.
- My philosophy of life is to be like water. Flow past, to create everything in your path.