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Man for all seasons

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 10:56 PM PST

Bront Palarae wears many hats and he is passionate about his craft, too.

BRONT Palarae. For a movie fan like me, his name exudes mystery, aloofness and intrigue, not to mention that his roles have so far showed his substantial acting craft.

If one notices, his name hardly appears in headlines – be it about his personal life or his work.

Bursting with curiosity, I caught up with Bront on his upcoming movie Lagenda Budak Setan 2, which will be screened in cinemas nationwide on Nov 29.

Bront, whose real name is Nasrul Suhaimin Saifuddin, turned up for the interview alone (minus the entourage which is common among local artistes) and my first impression was that he's a very nice guy-next-door type. And he's good looking to boot!

For the uninitiated, the 34-year-old is a highly-talented actor, screenwriter, director and producer.

Though he made his acting debut on TV in 2000, Bront first gained fame portraying two characters in TV series Cinta Tsunami (2005). Since then, he has starred in Castello, Man Laksa and Bilut, all in 2005.

Bront's biggest commercial success was drama series Sindarela (2008) which he co-starred with Sharifah Amani and Remy Ishak. This was followed by another TV series Rona Roni Macaroni with Sharifah in the same year.

Dissatisfied with his career direction, the media-shy actor turned his focus to movies. His first major role was in V3: Samseng Jalanan (2010) starring alongside his childhood buddy Farid Kamil, who also directed the movie.

In 2009, Bront played the leading character in Belukar, co-starring Daphne Iking and directed by Jason Chong. Though the movie did not do well at the box-office, Bront's acting was praised by critics and audiences alike. He received the Best Actor award at the 23rd Malaysia Film Festival and also at TV3's Anugerah Skrin 2010 for his portrayal of an insurance investigator in the movie.

"I studied film-making and I'm here to make movies, and maybe a bit of acting along the way. It is definitely not for the glamour," said the Alor Setar-born actor.

"My philosophy in acting is I would take any good roles no matter how small rather than play the lead in sub-standard productions. No matter how minor a role is, I make sure that I do a good job so that I do not disappoint my supportive fans," said Bront who speaks fluent Hokkien and Thai apart from English and Bahasa Malaysia.

"I try to live my life as normal as possible and I need to keep myself grounded at all times," said the youngest of three siblings.

"Frankly, my life hasn't changed that much, except that I can't be in the public much," he said.

"But being a public figure has its perks. I can cut queue at cinemas, hospital and at police road blocks ... and have people coming up to help in emergency situations because they recognise your face," he said with a devilish grin.

"I never really see myself as a celebrity. For me, the word 'celebrity' makes light of your crafts and skills and ultimately, your profession. But I don't have any problem with celebrities out there as long as they are passionate about their work.

"You know, I went to film school but somehow I ended up being in front of the camera. I guess I can call myself a filmmaker who acts," he said.

Bront explained how he ended up starring opposite Maya Karin in Lagenda Budak Setan 2.

"I play this psychotic fiance to Maya's character Katrina. Maya was bugging me continously to play the role and I wasn't really interested initially. But Maya is one of my closest friends and at the end I thought to myself, why not?

"My role has violent tendencies and he is very possessive. To get into character, I purposedly did things to annoy Maya and this went on for 11 days. Maya, however, stopped talking to me.

"What's strange is that she bugged me to play the role and kept telling me that it suited me perfectly. But after we have completd filming, she stopped talking to me! She is still one of the handful of close friends I have in the film industry."

But the frosty situation has to be set aside as they have been paired up in Jwanita, directed by Osman Ali.

In Jwanita, Bront plays Farhan, the husband to Julaika (Christina Suzannee) and the prized trophy for Jwanita (Maya) who dabbles in black magic. The movie will be released in the middle of next year.

His next movie is Anak Jantan, co-starring Farid Kamil and Nora Danish.

One his dreams when he studied film-making was to direct his own movie. With Otto Films, which he co-founded with two other friends in 2010, he recently co-directed a 20-minute short film entitled Kolumpo, featuring three shorts stories from three different directors but the tales are based on the same theme.

"It was a tough collaborating with two other directors, sharing the same theme and the director's seat ... But it had been both fun and challenging.

"Kolumpo pays homage to KL, how different people interpret and see the city in different light.

"The best part is I managed to arm-twist all my good friends to appear in the movie, with Yuna performing a song, too," said Bront, adding that the stars involved were Sharifah Amani, Adibah Noor, Azad Jasmin and Mano Maniam.

Lagenda Budak Setan 2 will be screening in cinemas nationwide on Nov 29.

James Bond villains are the heroes of new exhibit

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 09:24 PM PST

WASHINGTON: Where would James Bond be without Dr. No, Goldfinger or the statuesque May Day? Agent 007 may be a hero, but in this new exhibit in the US capital the bad guys are the stars of the show.

"Exquisitely Evil: 50 years of Bond Villains," which opened Friday for a two-year run at the International Spy Museum, recounts a half century of these infamous adversaries, from Dr. No in the 1962 film of the same name, to Raoul Silva in "Skyfall," the just-released 23rd Bond film.

Reflecting the real-life Cold War animosity between the United States and the Soviet Union, the evil Blofeld, head of the global crime network SPECTRE, tried to pit the superpowers against each other.

In the 1970s, Karl Stromberg and Hugo Drax threatened the world with nuclear weapons in "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker," while drug kingpins reigned in "Live and Let Die," and "License to Kill."

"Where Bond remains the same, over 50 years the villains have changed - they've changed to reflect changing times," said Meg Simmonds, archive director at Eon Productions, the company that makes the films and an advisor for the exhibit.

Well, not changed in all respects, she acknowledged.

Each Bond villain is "wealthy, intelligent, charming on occasion, yet devious, depraved and deranged."

To illustrate each theme, excerpts from the Bond films play next to displays connecting the plot to events at the time the film was made, or to the individual who inspired the character.

The hundred or so items on display include the weapon-concealing high heels of a real-life Rosa Klebb, the deadly spy from "From Russia With Love," and the bullet that inflated and exploded Dr. Kananga, the bad guy in "Live and Let Die."

Also on display are costumes worn by dozens of anonymous henchmen, though "why minions are so easy to recruit is an open question," the exhibit notes humorously, pointing out "they labor long hours, earn no vacations and the separation clause to their contracts has only one provision: early death."

While Bond may be a poor depiction of the life of a real spy - "he never does anything secretly," former CIA analyst Mark Stout complained - the bad guys are "are exaggerated but most have a basis in reality."

In the most recent films, the heroes take on terrorists, where "you never quite know who is a member and who isn't. That's quite similar to Al-Qaeda," Stout said.

In "License to Kill," the cocaine king Franz Sanchez, iguana perched on his shoulder, was modeled after Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, who raised hippopotamuses on his property, he added.

But not all the villains have roots in real life, British espionage expert Chris Moran laughed, citing in particular Jaws, the giant, metal-mouth assassin from "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker."

"When you're seven feet five inches (2.3 meters), it's impossible to operate in the shadows," he grinned.

"Henchmen, to kill spies, need to blend in," he said. And the femme fatale Bond girls?

"During the Cold War, the KGB and the GRU were regularly sending female agents into the USA and the UK hoping to honey trap civil servants with access to atomic secrets or defense secrets," Moran said, referring to the Soviet secret police and the Russian foreign intelligence service.

The blockbuster 007 movies, full of special effects and cheesy lines, may seem over the top, but real-life villains "are just as bad, if not worse, than Bond villains," said Tony Mendez, whose story inspired the recent non-Bond spy thriller, Argo. - AFP

Russell Crowe 'to sell stake in Rabbitohs'

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 07:42 PM PST

SYDNEY: Hollywood star Russell Crowe is planning to sell his stake in the Australian rugby league team he co-owns in an attempt to simplify his life after splitting from his wife, a report said Sunday.

Crowe has been a fan of National Rugby League outfit South Sydney Rabbitohs since childhood and regularly turns up to watch their home games.

In 2006 he and businessman Peter Holmes a Court bought 75 percent of the club but Channel Nine television said he was now ready to sell up following his split last month from wife Danielle Spencer.

League commentator Danny Weidler told Nine he had been in touch with Crowe by email and text and the actor confirmed he would be selling his stake at the end of the 2013 season.

"From what I can understand, Russell is just trying to simplify his life," Weidler said.

"As you know, he has been through a lot recently in his personal life and I would say that is... a part of his reasoning."

Crowe and Spencer separated amicably after nine years of marriage last month. They have two young children.

Reports at the time said the demands of Crowe's acting career played a part in the split, with the star away for much of the past year filming "The Man with the Iron Fists", "Les Miserables", "Broken City", "Man of Steel" and "Noah".

Born in New Zealand, Crowe has lived in Australia since he was a small child.

Weidler estimated that Crowe and Holmes a Court had invested around Aus$11 million (US$11.3 million) in the Rabbitohs since taking it over, helping revive the team after years of poor performances. The club had no comment. - AFP

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