The South African film industry is becoming bigger. “I play Nat Masilo on my new movie that just come out ‘Tell Me Sweet Something’, it was an amazing experience and it’s directed by Akin Omotoso. It’s been a year and a half since we started shooting.”
“We have a great cast, I act alongside the incredible Nomzamo Mbatha and we have an amazing support from guys like Thomas Gumede, Kagiso Lediga and more. Also Thembi Seete who kills the performance.” – Maps said.
Akin Omotoso might make a book out of his latest movie. So goes the joke on set of his South African romcom Tell Me Sweet Something.
Tell Me Sweet Something is a delightful romantic comedy, starring Maps Maponyane and Nomzamo Mbatha as unlikely lovers. It shares a uniquely South African story about an aspiring novelist, Moratiwa (Mbatha), with writer’s block.
“I’m a hopeless romantic,” says Maponyane speaking to Citizen citizen.co.za/661459/
Growing up “the nerd” – as he calls himself – Maponyane comes clean:“I was captain of the friend zone. I was the guy girls would talk to so they could get close to the popular guys.
“And the reason I think girls came to me is because immediately I come off as a person who is willing to listen and wants to know what you’re all about,” a character trait he blames (gratefully so) on his mom.
“When I was growing up, my mom and I were very close. She wanted one boy, one girl. She had my brother and then she had me. I was the last-born and she didn’t have a girl, so I assumed that role. We went shopping together, tolunches together and I’d help her dress up for work. I really loathedit when I was young, but subconsciously I was consuming all this information. I witnessed women crying about their husbands and how the time of the month is affecting them, and how they hated being treated a certain way, and how they wish men would do this or that.”
Wanting to break the stereotype, Maponyane dreamt of being a different kind of man, seeking to fulfill women’s deepest, darkest needs.
“I think it’s important for men to put in an effort to find out what women are about and what they are interested in,” he says.“
Now I can pretty much wax lyrical about any female subject because of that exposure and be happily interested in it.” – Maps explains.
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