Lucian Msamati stars in Clybourne Park at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs (26 Aug to 2 Oct 2010) at Wyndham's (28 Jan 2011 to 7 May 2011)
Place of birth?
London; I am told St. Thomas' Hospital
Briefly tell us how you became involved with Clybourne Park?
Dominic called and made me an offer I found hard to refuse
Your first stage performance?
One of the three King's.
Career highlight to date?
It would have to be back in Zimbabwe in 1997 packing out the 7 Arts theatre in Harare- the biggest in the country ( 820 seats); we ( Over The Edge Theatre Company) staked all we had earned to that point on the show and walking out to a packed, roaring house off the sweat of your own back is a feeling like nothing else.
What roles would you most like to play?
Brian the dog in 'Family Guy'
What's the best advice you've ever received?
Get to work on time, learn your lines, look the other actor in the eye and tell the truth.
What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Coming on with my manhood unwittingly exposed.
What is the most annoying part about your job?
Whinging, lazy, disppassionate actors - go work in a call centre if it's so hard!
If you had not become a performer, what might you have done instead?
Would have stayed in advertising.
Favourite after-show haunts
Who are your favourite actors/actresses
Jenny Jules, Jenny Jules and Jenny Jules
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
Robert Mugabe - 'What the F***?!??'
What was the last book you read?
'How Football Explains the World' by Frank Foer.
What was the last film you saw, and name some of your favourite movies?
Bronson - Tom Hardy was very good in that. For purely sentimental reasons 'Trading Places' and 'Coming to America' ; for the art 'The English Patient' and 'Delicatessen'
Favourite TV programmes?
'Family Guy', 'The Wire' and 'Match of The Day'
Favourite holiday destinations?
Holidays are for sissies...
Do you have any hobbies?
Yes but my children won't share the LEGO
Do you have any superstitions?
Nothing I would put in print.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
My son, my daughter, my wife.
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