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Tuesday December 20, 2011

Rapper-director Namewee goes on a gangster ‘haunt’

KLANG: Controversial rapper-turned-filmmaker Namewee is tackling gangsterism in notorious Klang in his new movie titled Hantu Gangster.

“I've always wanted to do a gangster movie,” he said.

“But I don't want to do just any gangster movie. It has to have elements of comedy and horror,” he told The Daily Chilli on the movie set in Taman Pengkalan Batu Klang.

Those who have seen his runaway hit Nasi Lemak 2.0 will agree that Namewee has a peculiar way of making his social commentaries be it in his movies or music.

Location shoot: (From left) Namewee with cast members Dennis Lau, Diana and Fa Chai Bao on the set of ‘Hantu Gangster’ in Taman Pengkalan Batu Klang.

“I've got friends who are gangsters,” he revealed. “I know how the triads work.”

Joking that the real gangsters will support him, Namewee said: “My movie is a patriotic film. It's nothing controversial. The message is positive. We even got the police to help us.”

Hantu Gangster brings together Namewee and a multi-racial Malaysian cast comprising Diana Danielle, Farid Kamil, Noh Hujan, Mizz Nina, Dennis Lau, Reshmonu, Datuk David Arumugam, Datuk Jalaluddin Hassan, Wah Gor and Fa Chai Bao.

The action-comedy casts both Namewee and Farid in the lead roles.

Ironically, Namewee did not know that Diana, who plays a school teacher and his love interest in the movie, and Farid are a real-life couple until he hired them.

“That's why Diana and I accepted his offer,” Farid quipped. “He did not try to exploit our romance in the movie. Our character attachment is not cliched.”

Produced by Fred Chong's ProdiGee Media, Hantu Gangster is slated for a National Day release on Aug 31 next year.

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