UZALO actor, Masoja Msiza, is probably the most hated villain that graces our TV screens every week night as Nkunzi. He may be playing a cold-hearted man who would go as far as murdering in daylight, but in real life he says he wouldn’t hurt a fly.

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Masoja only went to audition for the role of Amos, but the directors of Uzalo later called him to audition for the role of Nkunzi and they loved him. “I didn’t get the role of Amos and they called me and asked if I could play a charismatic villain who is Nkunzi. I went through the screen audition like everyone and I got the role,” he says.

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He refers to Nkunzi as, “a beast that will do anything to get money even if it means having to kill” and he describes himself as “a hard-working person who charms money out of the wallet.”

Masoja says he can integrate and interact with anyone, but Nkunzi does not care about anyone. He says he recently registered his business called Masoja Msiza Foundation. “It will help with scholarships, teach and encourage farming in rural areas and we will also speak to people with disabilities,” he says.

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THE film industry knows that if you are looking for the best played thug roles, Ronnie Nyakale is the man for that. Viewers have seen him deliver outstanding performances on television screens and he makes everything look so believable. He played his first thug role as Papa Action in Yizo Yizo season 1 and he has never looked back since then.

Ronnie is a strong believer of borrowing from his real life in order to make Cosmo come to life. Generations PR manager, Gaaratwe Mokhethi, says Ronnie and Cosmo are not so different from each other.

“In every township there is a Cosmo, that is why most people can relate and believe his character. But one thing most people don’t know about Ronnie is that he can borrow from himself, when he plays Cosmo. There is a bit of Ronnie in Cosmo so that makes them similar, though Ronnie is a humble and honest guy,” says Gaaratwe, adding the two are protective of their families.

His acting creates a lot of emotions for the viewers and some become angry as others feel attached and moved by his roles. In order to master a role as Ronnie does, it doesn’t only take practice or skill but a lot of research as well.