There have been mixed feelings on the local scene after the decision to contract renowned Nigerian actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim to play the role of former President Robert Mugabe in the upcoming movie, “The Hero”.
NewsDay reports that the movie will be co-produced by United States-based Ofime Rodgers and Taurai Kawara. Some locals feel that the role of Mugabe should have gone to a local as they feel that a foreigner will struggle to portray Mugabe accurately.
Actor Tendai Maduwa who played the role of Mugabe effectively in a short film titled GOAP by Charles Mawungwa said: “We need to have someone who can do justice to this character than a Nigerian fighting to speak with British accent and Shona accents like we do. I have played it once and I know I can pull it.
Another local actor Ngoni Vere said: “It would be hard for anyone to portray him, especially to an audience that grew up hearing his voice and watching him almost every day. But to an audience who believe all Africans sound the same, it likely won’t matter
The producer of the war movie Chinhoyi 7, Moses Matanda, told NewsDay Life & Style: “Trust me, not everyone in the world knows how Mugabe talks, walks or eats. Billions of people will start believing in what they see from that movie. Mugabe is now Nigerian to those in North and South America.”