TV stars queue up to meet Hollywood megastar

2013-03-31 10:00

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They may be big stars in South Africa, but our celebrities can still be starstruck – especially when meeting a Hollywood demigod.

In an orderly queue, the likes of Sello Maake ka-Ncube, Jamie Bartlett and other local celebs made obeisance to Samuel L Jackson.

He stood in front of the US flag and coat of arms for “collectors item” photographs for the select crowd.

On Thursday evening, the US Consulate General in Sandhurst, north of Joburg, hosted an exclusive cocktail event to welcome one of Tinseltown’s most prolific actors, with more than 100 movies to his credit.

He has nine movies lined up for release in the next two years.

The 64-year-old star, in town on a film shoot,

also has civil rights activism credentials: he was an usher at Martin Luther King’s funeral and was active in the anti-apartheid movement.

Jackson took a liking to three of Sam Nhlengethwa’s paintings which hang on the consulate’s walls.

When chargé d’affaires Virginia Palmer and consul general Earl Miller presented him with a golf shirt from the US marine corps, Jackson joked that he’d rather have the paintings.

The works, dated 2002, are titled Tribute to Sammy Davis Junior, Tacet, and Tribute to Lemmy Special Mabaso.

But he graciously accepted the gift: “Awesome. Thank you. I appreciate the warmth and love that you showed me this evening.

“Get back to drinking, back to fun,” he said before delivering his trademark hearty laugh.

The party was also attended by big local names, including actors Jerry Mofokeng, Connie Ferguson, Nakedi Ribane, Tony Kgoroge and wife Sthandiwe, and Generations villain Menzi Ngubane.

Business power couple Zam and Nkhensani Nkosi were also there, alongside Idols SA judge Unathi Msengana (née Nkayi) and host ProVerb.

TV host Penny Lebyane made a big deal of Jackson’s compliment to her. “He said I’m a renaissance woman, write that!”

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