Brandon Auret is a South African actor, who is quickly becoming a household name thanks to a series of supporting roles in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium, District 9 and Chappie, a film scheduled for 2015. Auret started taking drama classes at the age of 9 and has always wanted to be a film actor since he can remember. Before he started his feature film career with Catch a Fire, he played a number of roles on television including a long-running starring role as Leon du Plessis on the TV series, Isidingo.
When Brandon made the switch from TV to film, he did everything in his power to ensure he was available to focus on film. After playing a small role in Catch a Fire, he landed the part of Hansie Cronje's brother Frans in the Hansie biopic. Auret's burgeoning filmography continued to grow on the back of his international breakthrough in District 9 and a starring role in Night Drive, which enabled him to rack up over 14 feature films over a six year period.
More recently, Auret starred in iNumber Number, a South African crime drama directed by Donovan Marsh and featuring Presley Chweneyagae (Tstotsi) and Brendon Daniels (Four Corners). The film opens in South Africa shortly and has already been optioned for a remake by a major Hollywood studio. The rising star has continued his trajectory with parts in home invasion thriller Tiger House and the sci-fi thriller, Outpost 37. With so much passion, flair and tenacity for the craft, Auret's living his dream. We managed to find out, which movies have inspired him and made his Top Ten over the years.
"I still want to be a Jedi."
I can't watch movies without...
- Popcorn, smarties and a cherry slush puppy.
Which famous people share your birthday?
- Louis Pasteur, Masi Oka, Marlene Dietrich and Gérard Depardieu. (27 December)
What is the first film you remember watching?
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - it's what made me want to become an actor.
What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, it's one of those movies that people tell you you've got to watch because it's so bad.
Which movies have made you tearful?
- I cried in The Notebook like a little b*tch. Also any movie with Justin Timberlake in it makes me cry.
Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?
- I don't know who's more famous. I met Tim Robbins on set of Catch a Fire, the first feature I ever did. Then, I worked closely with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster on Elysium.
What's your favourite movie line?
- "They drew first blood, not me." ~ Rambo: First Blood
Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?
- Robert Downey Jnr. Right?
If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?
- My company, A Breed Apart Pictures is busy producing two films at the moment. One is a war story called, Making a Killing and the other is a thriller called, The Shadow Boxer which we start filming in 2014.
Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi ...as I said, it's the movie that made me want to act and I still want to be a Jedi.
- Platoon ...best war movie ever made.
- Rambo: First Blood ...I was obsessed with Vietnam as a kid and this was just a kick-ass movie. The score is just perfect.
- Full Metal Jacket ...it's one of the most epic movies ever shot. Also the camera work and characters in the movie are amazing.
- Scent of a Woman ...Pacino at his very best.
- District 9 ...it's pure genius, loved this movie.
- Night Drive ...still one of the best horror movies to come from South Africa. Directed by one of my favorites, Justin Head.
- The Mask ...it's my feel good movie. When I'm down that's what I watch.
- The Count of Monte Cristo ...best revenge movie with some of the greatest characters I've ever watched.
- Elysium ...I get to kick Matt Damon's ass in this movie.
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