Cape Town - He shares a name with his icon, and now South African actor Leroy Gopal is living his dream. Gopal, 34, will be starring alongside Hollywood actor Samuel Leroy Jackson in the upcoming international feature film Kite.
Kite is a live-action adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu’s hit Japanese anime movie, and is expected to hit the big screen soon. Some scenes of the high-action film were shot in Joburg earlier this year.
“When I was young, I remember how excited I was that his (Jackson’s) middle name is Leroy. I knew there and then that I was destined for great things,” he said.
Gopal, who plays a doctor in the film, said he couldn’t wait to show off his work, adding it was an honour to work with a man who had become “a force to be reckoned with”.
“For nearly a decade he (Jackson) struggled to become a leading man, but he never gave up. He kept pushing and at the same time fought his drug addiction, and rose above all odds. For me that is inspiring.”