Logie Naidoo cut, but Durban stars in ‘Mr Bones 2’

2008-11-14 00:00

Durban Deputy Mayor Logie Naidoo’s debut on the big screen was short-lived. His cameo role in Mr Bones 2: Back from the Past, the sequel to Leon Schuster’s 2001 hit, was cut before the film was screened for the first time in Durban this week.

Schuster said yesterday that during the editing it was found that the film was too long and “needed pace”. Anything that got in the way, got the chop, he admitted.

However, Naidoo was not put off and made his grand entrance on the red carpet with a hat magnificently modelled on that of the film’s signature character. He was joined by prominent members of the eThekwini Municipality, including Mayor Obed Mlaba and municipal manager Mike Sutcliffe.

Citing the Mr Bones project as a major success in Durban’s quest to become a major movie set, Mlaba coined the word “Dollywood” and said many other productions would head for the city.

However, Dublin rather than Durban was originally the intended location for the film. Director Gray Hofmeyr said the story originally revolved around a leprechaun. But the Irish “didn’t bite” and the next stop was Mumbai, India. Even though the film-makers adopted an Indian genie instead, this did not pan out either. To keep the Eastern ambience, they headed for Durbs.

Mr Bones 2: Back From The Past was shot in the Dakota informal settlement in Isipingo Beach, The Pearls of Umhlanga, La Mercy and Blue Lagoon. The cast includes actress and television presenter Leeanda Reddy, local comedian Kaseran Pillay, Tongayi Chirisa and 1 000 Durbanites as extras.

Producer Anant Singh of Durban-based Videovision Entertainment said Durban is putting itself on the map as a movie venue. The SABC, a partner in the movie, pledged to shoot a number of projects in the city next year.

Singh, backed by the cast, pleaded for people to make a stand against movie piracy. Yesterday Schuster said it is inevitable that the movie will be pirated — the question is just when. He said his previous movie, Mama Jack, is estimated to have lost over R14 million to piracy.

Mr Bones 2: Back From The Past opens at cinemas on November 27.

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