South African actor Keenan Arrison stars in the new international hit movie Tomb Raider.
The actor, who hails from Cape Town, South Africa, said this is his biggest highlight yet.
“I was sent the casting brief by my agent. My approach to every casting is the same – get into the room and give it your all. A few weeks later I received a call that I got the job.
“Acting along big names like Alicia Vikander, Daniel Wu, Alexandre Willaume and Walton Goggins has been the equivalent of a master-class every day. Being in London for the premiere and walking the red carpet was a surreal experience. It’s somewhat overwhelming but worth every moment,” he adds.
In the new Tomb Raider movie, that hit the big screen this month, his character Rocket is one of five mercenaries.
This is not the first time Keenan Arrison gets big television roles.
“Acting always intrigued me. It looks easy, but so much work and preparation goes into creating a character. That was the hook for me. I decided to specialise because the more I searched and researched, the more I fell in love. I still have a passion for cooking and do a lot of it when I have time off. My career hasn’t afforded me the time to pursue this option fully, but one day I hope to give my focus to this passion,” he says.
According to IOL, to prepare for the role, the 37-year-old was drilled in combat training, jiu jitsu and box knife fighting. “The discipline and focus was immense and it’s tools I will carry with me throughout my career. Overall it was a growing, learning and fun experience.”