Film has become a popular tool for a variety of reasons: entertainment, education and edutainment. This synopsis will give a brief overview of the film industry and success stories in the South African context.
1.1. AN OVERVIEW OF THE FILMING ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA
Many South African films also received international recognition. Additionally, many local cast and crew have made a name for themselves internationally. It is affirmed that the local film industry has made considerable strides, especially during the past few years.
The South African born actor Arnold Vosloo, which is a fantastic actor, is a Stephen Sommers favourite. Sommers personally worked with Vosloo on both The Mummy and The Mummy Returns as well as the latest GI: Joe movie!
Then theres also the world famous Oscar* winning actress Charlize Theron which is also South African, proof that casting S.A. actors is not that bad after all!
And the latest upcoming star is South African actor Charlto Copley who had such a fantastic performance in the Sci-Fi blockbuster film District 9 (directed by South African born Neill Blomkamp) that he was offered a role in the newly released The A-Team movie!!
Also keep in mind that producer Jerry Weintraub said he is searching for an unknown actor to play Tarzan...
And his own words in a recent Tarzan article were: ''I dont have anybody in mind. Im gonna find somebody new. Its gonna be a new actor."
So I think that casting a South African actor for the new Tarzan movie wouldnt be such a bad idea.
After all, there isnt that much acting dialogue needed for the Tarzan character, is there! Me Tarzan, you Jane, right?
Lastly I believe that with the right attitude and positive energy everything is possible.
2. PERSONAL SUMMARY of DE WET DU TOIT
As an actor and bodybuilder myself, I fully understand the hard work, the dedication and determination that comes along to become successfulas success is all about giving your 100%, 100% of the time!
My goal in life is not just to be good, I want to be great! But there would be no greatness without the commitment to be great! And Im confident that I have the drive and the passion needed for a successful career.
2.1. MEET DE WET: THE NEXT TARZAN
I am a highly self motivated 24?year old actor and bodybuilder.
The reason why I wrote this letter is that Im very interested in the new Tarzan movie thats now in production by Warner Bros. and due to be directed by Stephen Sommers, and I believe I have what it takes to be the next Tarzan!
As an idealist, I create a vision of myself, of the man I want to be in the future, visualizing myself already famous. Therefore I strongly believe that the will to win is more crucial than the skill to win.
I really want to share some great ideas that I have in mind as your life is an expression of your thoughts, which is why I thought that to highlight the whole idea of anti-poaching and endangered species by bringing it into the spotlight via a Tarzan movie, would transport new attention and green peace awareness to the world.
Ive read the Tarzan comics since childhood and watched the numerous movies starring Johnny Weissmuller, as well as the more recent Tarzan presentations, but always wondered whether there could be someone who could portray a more serious side of Tarzan in a better way while still staying true to the character. And then after a while, I think it was during my high school years, I thoughtwhy not myself as the new Tarzan!
I was always fascinated by the strength and honor of Tarzans presence and not only by his physical powers and abilities, but the values that Tarzan lived by too. I also believe that Tarzan is the perfect specimen or example of man, physically and mentally, because his yes was his yes and his no was his no.
You dont get that anymore these days. Another inspiration which I think would be a good thing is for people to have an idol or hero to look up to, especially for kids (and adults!) cause the real man is fading away as we speak, and there arent any more examples for people to strive for in our time.
2.2. NEW TARZAN FILM BACKGROUND
Warner Bros. and producer Jerry Weintraub are bringing Tarzan back to the big screen.
The studio is developing a new take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs-created character.
The studio is negotiating with Hollywood film director Stephen Sommers (Mummy/ GI:Joe) to be directing the new live-action Tarzan movie, due to be released in 2012.
Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen producer Jerry Weintraub is on the hunt for the next Tarzan. The multi-millionaire movie mogul has set his sights on the tale of the man-ape for his next big-screen blockbuster, and he wants an unknown to play the 'Lord of the Jungle.'
Weintraub says, "I don't have anybody in mind. I'm gonna find somebody new. It's gonna be a new actor."
In the years since Burroughs first introduced the loincloth-clad character in book form in 1914, Tarzan has headlined live action and animated films, as well as radio and TV shows.
2.3 ACTING EXPERIENCE / REFERENCES
Ive made a few T.V. ads such as the Israeli film company who made a cell phone commercial here in South Africa. We all went to the coast of Mosselbay close to the sea for filming, under guidance of director Li Parker.
And Ive done a lot of stage dramas on high school.
A Date With Destiny short filmi is the most recent project Ive been participating in, presented by 10th
Rock Productions.My participation included production assistant, story-board artist and supporting actor.
I was also fortunate enough to take acting classes presented by well known, professional, local actors such as Liz Meiring and Hannes van Wyk (Egolis Krynauw) organized by Maxeens Models Management.
Li parker: inside and out theatre company 0731453332
For further information about my participation in 10th Rock Productions A Date with Destiny short film project, please feel free to contact Producers Damian Powell (0027 71 112 6489) or Candice Gelderbloem (0027 73 216 6431) for further information.
2.4. MEDIA EXPOSURE OF DE WET AS TARZAN
During the past year or two Ive been featured in the media such as the internet, newspapers as well as radio stations regarding me in the run for the upcoming Tarzan film in Hollywood.
Check out my Tarzan short film, which my brother and I made, in association with Zodiac Media Productions(Wally Du Preez: 0027 82 446 4676). Its really a must see, especially at the end. If this doesnt convince anyone then nothing will.
I believe that this isnt just an audition tape, this is something which says: This is me as Tarzan! I hope that this would convey my passion for the role and for the films.
I hope that this Tarzan footage would capture the imagination of Jerry Weintraub(who is on the hunt for the new, unknown Tarzan)from Warner Bros. and due to be directed by stephen Sommers.
Here is the youtube Tarzan video link:
More web articles about me considered for TARZAN is on the following sites:
Eerie Digest: http://www.eeriedigest.com/wordpress/2010/09/interview-with-actor-dewet-du-toit/#more-1771
The Crags Elephant Sanctuary at Plettenberg Bay was kind enough to grant me free access to their African elephants to do a Tarzan short film using 3 of their awesome elephants to star as Tarzans wild companions in the particular Tarzan audition tape.
Cango Wildlife Ranch was also kind enough to grant me free access to their wild animals such as snakes, lions, cheetahs and vultures to do a Tarzan themed photo shoot for further promotion.
2.5. Realizing my dream as the character of Tarzan.
HOLLYWOOD AGENT: BEAU SZUMILAS1
Talent manager and agent, Beau Szumilas, offered me a pristine opportunity to join him and his talent management firm in Hollywood, CA.
Mr. Szumilas, an actor himself, offers aspiring actors with a well-rounded service including a 6- month acting course, services of public relations, media exposure, and opportunity presentation (productions).
Actors will also have the opportunity to network with film industry professional and other hopefuls.
3. HOLLYWOOD COST BREAKDOWN
The amount agreed on a monthly basis is estimated at US$ 5000-00 p/m, for 6 months.
A 6 month professional acting course presented by producer and actor, Beau Szumilas and his team of highly qualified professionals, as well as promotion, publicist, PR, manager, agent representation, production, acting, professional education and Hollywood acting business
Fees also include full accommodation for the 6 month period, as well as in-house acting training.
The total estimated amount is $30 000 (R220 000-00) SouthAfrica
4. SPONSORSHIP / FUNDING
As a South African citizen, currently staying in George, I'm kindly asking selected companies and organizations for sponsorship/funding to go overseas and pursue my acting career and, as soon as possible, audition for the lead role of TARZAN in the new upcoming Hollywood film presented by Warner Bros.
I have an active Blog and a facebook page whereupon I will gladly mention and proudly state my gratitude towards the companies which granted me sponsorship/funding.
With my participation at any event as a special guest/speaker, I will be kind enough to mention your companys interest in me, myself as an actor and as the character of Tarzan.
I am also willing to assist the company in any facet of promotion/marketing which will benefit both parties terms and conditions to be discussed in person by you, the owner/manager.
Any assistance, fundraising or financial contribution from you in this regard, to eventually make up the estimated amount, and to grant me the opportunity of a lifetime, will be most welcome and appreciated.
DeWet Du Toit