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Jamie Foxx might play role of SA convict

By unknown | Jan 30, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

The life of the Gayton McKenzie, a convict paroled after helping to expose corruption at Grootvlei Maximum Security Prison in Bloemfontein, will be turned into a movie.

His character might be played by Hollywood megastar Jamie Foxx - but McKenzie feels a more home-grown approach would be better.

"I know the producers want to take it global, but I really want a South African guy to play me," he said.

The producer of the film, Global Creative Studios, is negotiating with Morgan Freeman, whom they want to play Gayton's father.

McKenzie shot to fame in 2002 when a secret videotape of corruption at Grootvlei prison was screened on television around the world.

McKenzie said the film would allow him to give something back to the community that he once terrorised.

He wants to build a drug rehabilitation centre near his home township of Heidedal, in the Free State.

Peter Morgan, of Global, said his company was talking to potential investors in an attempt to attract funding for the film.


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