Hollywood Stars Enjoy Our Durban Shores
Hollywood A-Listers are jetting into Durban, as the movie “The Last Face” is filmed around South Africa. The Last Face, which stars South African Charlize Theron, who plays the director of an international aid organisation working in Liberia, who embarks on a love affair with a stubborn and impulsive relief-aid doctor.
The movie stars Sean Penn, Jean Reno and Spanish Oscar winner Javier Bardem. All three actors have been said to have jetted into the city recently.
Sean Penn has been spotted more than once in the year enjoying a low-key and under the radar stay. Known to stay at the Oyster Box Hotel in uMhlanga, he tries to remain undetected. His baggy clothing, cap and undemanding behaviour allows the star to remain undetected. He often books in under a pseudonym on his brief visits to our city.
Jean Reno was seen most recently on a flight from Cape Town to Durban. Durban resident Gill Moodie, who noticed him on flight spoke to the actor, who was very down to earth and approachable. “We did not really speak I asked him if he was shooting a movie and he said yes. I went next to some crew people who said it is him and he is shooting a movie they had been shooting in Cape Town.” says Gill.
Reno, who has stared in blockbusters such as The da Vinci Code, The Pink Panther and Mission Impossible, was a bit of a hit with the kids as well. “He was sitting in the middle seat squashed between children,” Gill said. “He waited for his own bag, some children went and chatted to him and he chatted to them, but there was nothing movie star about him, he was down to earth.”
Durban Has Glowing Reviews From Hollywood Actors
Earlier this year, Blair Underwood raved about his stay in Durban, after coming to the city to produce and narrate “Yogi Township.” He gave Durban glowing reviews on twitter, highlighting the people, culture and wildlife.
“Just got back from vacation in Durban, South Africa. Thank you again to Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission, Carol, Keshnee and Patrice for being such gracious hosts! S. Africa is one of my favorite places to visit. The highlight is always the people first, then the wildlife. While driving through the Natal Lion Park, three male lions decided to chase our silver vehicle! Daaaaamn. Weren’t they supposed to be sleepin’ under the tree!!!”, was his first words when he reached the USA.
He also commented on the famed Mandela capture site saying, “This is an amazing sculpture @ Mandela’s capture site in Kwazulu-Natal. There are 50 large steel columns. The sculpture significantly acknowledging the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s capture. These can be seen from the road looking like a forest of steel poles.”
We are so glad that Durban is quickly becoming one of the hot-spots for A-Listers to hang out. Have you spotted any famous people in Durban? Let us know in the comments below.
*information sourced from The Witness and IOL.