Two New Chappie Featurettes, Plus Reports of Tension On Set with Die Antwoord's Ninja
In this new interview with Brandon Auret, he speaks of tension on set with Die Antwoord's Ninja as if it's common knowledge, although to be honest, we had never heard about it until now:
Die Antwoord is a South African rap/hip-hop duo comprising artists Ninja and Yolanda Visser. They both appear in Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, although there were persistent rumors in South African tabloids that Ninja was causing trouble on set, particularly by criticizing other actors' performances. Blomkamp reportedly reduced Ninja's role in the film as a result, although Visser has still featured prominently in the trailers.
When asked about working with Ninja, Auret remains coy at first, saying "no comment," but then admits that the tabloids got the story right. "I don't care much for him," he said. "When someone comes and they feel that they have the right to tell you how to do your job, when they have no right to talk to me about acting, yeah it became an issue."
He assures fans, however, that since their characters were intended to be antagonistic towards each other, the conflict was actually beneficial to the film. "The kind of tension that we had off set was great for the film. The tension between the two of us onscreen is really heightened... I took the anger that I was feeling on those days and I used it." So, sort of like inadvertent method acting?
There are also two new featurettes for Chappie, one of which specifically discusses Die Antwoord's role in the film, while the other focuses on the film's take on artificial intelligence:
Chappie comes out this Friday, March 6.