Never an idol moment

2011-03-19 00:00

A CASUAL chat with Deon Opperman, who together with Cobus Rossouw­ scripted the film Getroud Met Rugby, landed Heinz Winckler a role in the new movie.

“I cheekily said to him that if he ever had a role on the show [the TV series of the same name on KykNet] that he should give me a call. Instead of laughing, he told me he might have something. A couple of months later I got a call asking if I was still interested. I said yes and got the part of JP in the series and took that role into the movie,” he said.

The film version of Getroud Met Rugby reveals the untold story between season two and three of the popular television series and the relationship that develops between two broken men — Reghart Venter (Izak Davel), a mechanic from the wrong side of the tracks and a promising­ rugby player who lost his way, and the fallen hero of the Stryders­ Rugby team, Fafa Beltrame (Altus Theart), who was once the fastest wing in the country and a hit among the women, but lost his way after he and his wife Kiki (Hannah Grobler) seperated after the loss of their daughter.

Winckler’s character in the film is a bit of a bad boy who gets between the hero and his girl.

Getroud Met Rugby is Winckler’s first foray onto the silver screen and it proved a challenging experience as the cast and crew were shooting both the series and film simultaneously.

“The two mediums are very different in terms of set-up, cameras used and so on … everything took longer on the film and they were more pedantic about the little things,” he said. “And I had to keep reminding myself about whether we were shooting a movie day or a TV day. You really have to stay focused­.”

Getroud Met Rugby, the television­ show, is Winckler’s second TV acting experience. He also played Dr Andrea Geldenhuys in M-Net’s soapie, Binnelanders in 2008 and 2009.

But music remains his first love and South Africa’s first Idols winner is currently hard at work on his new album.

“I’ve been working on it since the end of last year and we’re hoping to start recording at the end of this month, and then to release it by the end of July,” he said.

Having enjoyed success with his mostly Afrikaans album Ek Kan Weer In Liefde Glo in 2009, Winckler and his team are hoping to build on their new fan base with the new album, which, the singer says, is likely to feature several songs by Alette, his wife and mother of his nine-month-old son, Lian.

“Alette co-wrote a few songs on the last album, but this time she’s produced a lot more. She did four songs in one week, which is impressive,” he added.

Asked how he felt seeing a new crop of wannabees auditioning for the latest season of Idols, Winckler said it provoked mixed feelings.

“Idols was key for me to have a professional music career, but people­ must remember that the producers are there to make good TV and money from advertising and that if you enter and if you win, you will have to work very hard to make it from the minute the final episode ends.”

Getroud Met Rugby is in cinemas now.

He supported Westlife on their tour of SA, playing to around 40 000 people in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Johannesburg. – Source: TVSA

HEINZ Winckler placed fourth on W orld Idol in 2003, the one-off international version of Pop Idol, which featured winners from Idols shows around the world.

He twice performed his debut single, Once in a Lifetime to a 500-strong audience and millions of television viewers.

Walt Disney employed his talents to perform Chasing Shadows for the movie Treasure Planet.

He performed the lead role of Tony in a community stage production of West Side Story in Toronto, Canada.

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