Chris Fisher grew up amongst the gardens, forests, vineyards, oceans and mountains of the Mother City. His love for dramatic arts and entertainment started at an early age. Chris developed his passion for drama in the Middle East, returning to South Africa to graduate with a distinction for his BA in Drama, Human Kinetics and Ergonomics.
During his studies at Rhodes University, Chris performed in several theatrical productions at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, while managing Happeefeesh Productions, a successful events company on the back of a post-graduate diploma in Enterprise Management.
Since returning to Cape Town, Chris has immersed himself in film and television work (quite literally) with a supporting role in Blue Crush 2 - the sequel to the hugely popular Blue Crush with Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez. The sequel is scheduled for release in June, 2011 and is sure to give the South African actor some well-deserved international exposure.
Chris is also involved in numerous environmental awareness initiatives, while still giving himself plenty of time to play outside with his much-loved family and friends. A man with a plan, we were lucky enough to get his take on film with his Top Ten Movies...
"...speaking of which, I do a mean pterodactyl impression."
I can't watch movies without...
- ...cant really think of anything that holds me back from watching a good ole moving picture. Though, having someone to share it with always adds to the cinematic experience.
Which famous people share your birthday?
- Ralph "The Karate Kid" Macchio, Matthew McConaughey and Sean "Diddy" Combs - my homeboy. Woop woop! (4 November)
What is the first film you remember watching?
- The Land Before Time. WOW! What a heart-wrenching film at that tender young age. Most enjoyed Peetree… speaking of which, I do a mean pterodactyl impression. Ahh... what an inspiration Peetree was.
What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
- There are a good few bad movies out there… 8 Legged Freaks is a must-see for those who dig ridiculous movies, as well as Anaconda… come to think of it, all those movies with larger-then-life killer animals, but they do always provide some good laughs.
Which movies have made you tearful?
- Once again, The Land Before Time makes an appearance. But I have to say, it doesn’t take a lot for me to get a bit "sniffly". Marley and Me – perfect example. One that stands out is Seven Pounds – I literally bawled my eyes out uncontrollably for a good 20 minutes after the film finished.
Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?
- I am yet to meet a famous movie star. I hope it's Judy Dench… just want to give her a big hug.
What's your favourite movie line?
- “Do you want to kiss my lucky egg?” – Sanka in Cool Runnings.
Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?
- It would have to be Ryan Gosling... quality actor.
If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?
- It would probably have to be about a guy who mistakes himself for an artichoke and spends his whole life trying to find his heart. It has to be an offbeat awkwardly funny life comedy that’s full of adventure.
Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...
- Cool Runnings ...a childhood favourite. i love the bizarreness of the story and the epic laughs that come from it. The rise of ice rastas... ja maan! Raspec!
- Half Nelson ...Ryan Gosling - sterling performance. An amazing story of friendship and trust. Insightful, raw and told with utter truth. DOP did a fine job as well - interesting and unusual cinematography.
- Fight Club ...a cult classic. it's not easy doing screen justice to such a profound novel, but I reckon Fincher and the team pulled it off pretty spectacularly. Great soundtrack as well.
- The Darjeeling Limited ...Wes Anderson is one filmmaker I have uber amounts of respect for. The humour is subtly fantastic, while truthfully exploring tenuous sibling relations and death in an extremely simple yet profound way.
- The Incredibles ...just an awesome adventure film, which completely transports you. Great humour with some interesting family dynamics at play.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox ...another great animation. One of those feel good roller coaster movies, which pulls at your heart strings just a wee bit. An underground adventure of epic proportions.
- Lars and the Real Girl ...one of the most intriguing films I've seen. Lars develops a real and fascinating relationship with a doll. It's the sincerity of the film that makes it special, and it gives some pretty amazing insights into the human psyche, particularly the idea of projection.
- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ...a quirky, absurd, awkward comedy which tweaks the imagination - an adventure film like no other you've ever seen before with an epic soundtrack. Wes Anderson - what a legend!
- The Usual Suspects ...Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro - some of the finest actors in the game. A psychological thriller made 15+ years ago, it's still one of the greatest of all time. What a twist... damn!
- Shawshank Redemption ...a brilliantly produced film full of hope, resilience and friendship, which also portrays some scary realities about prison life...with a happy ending.
CREDIT ROLL: Photography - Casey Crafford
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