Sunday, 1 April 2012

MAN FOR ALL SEASONS: Glen Campbell looks back on his most memorable work

IN CHARACTER: Campbell as the titular playboy in Charlie's Angels; with Camille Davis in Breadfruit Kingdom.

More than 30 years in any industry is enough to make the most committed individual feel jaded. However, for celebrated Jamaican actor Glen Campbell, the intervening years have simply presented the opportunity for him to learn, grow and further hone his craft.

“When the Jamaican audience loves you, they really love you. But their memory can be very short-termed,” observes Campbell. “So I still have to reinvent myself and keep it fresh, whenever I go on stage. That’s one of the things I’ve learned. You have to keep it current – and you are never too old to learn.”


This week, the stage veteran is up for a pair of Actor Boy Awards for Best Actor (Charlie’s Angels and Breadfruit Kingdom). It’s a rare and incredible feat that speaks highly of Campbell’s innate gifts as a thespian. As he gets his acceptance speech ready, TALLAWAH asked the star to reflect on some of his most memorable productions to date:

Dirty Diana (2001)
“In this production, I played Doggie. And it’s one of the roles that stand out for me because I was able to carry the audience through the whole gamut of emotions.”

Love Games (2007)
“In the last game, we were able to intrigue the audience with a real shocker that that had never been done before in local theatre. People still talk about it (Laughs).”

Run For Your Wife (1995)
“Oh, this was a very funny production. One of my favourites. It was pure, high comedy.”

CindyRelisha & the DJ Prince (2002)
“One of the things I remember about this production is that there were people who came to see the show 11 and 12 times. The box office was really kept busy.”

Charlie’s Angels (2011)
“We first did this show [in 2004] as Woody’s Last Stand. What stands out for me most is that the subject matter is universal and very appropriate for the Jamaican scenario with the player thing. It’s a show that reminds us that there is more than one side to every story and your deeds will always catch up with you. And I have to big up the cast because it was a real team effort. The ensemble was very good. Everybody pulled their weight.”

And, finally, a word on Titus: “I have to acknowledge that role because when I started playing him on JBC, I became a household name. So I have to thank everybody involved, including Trevor Nairne and Patrick Brown. It was a real eye-opening experience.”




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