Fizz Fairuz tackles psychological genre with 'Dendam Orang Mati'

  • Lifestyle
  • Monday, 27 Oct 2014

Making waves: Fizz Fairuz looks for challenging roles when picking a project.

The Mat Tudung actor wants to take on roles that challenge him.

After having a go at a normal office-hour job for eight months – working at the government’s student loan department – actor Fizz Fairuz knew he was not cut out for it.

This realisation was especially pronounced when he requested for unpaid leave to pursue an acting opportunity and was denied.

“I put in my resignation after telling my family that I wanted to focus on an acting career,” recalled Fizz, whose real name is Mohd Fairuz Zainal Abidin. “My father wanted me to have that steady job, but once I told him I want to be an actor, he was supportive of me.”

That was 13 years ago. Today, the Pahang-born Fizz actively acts, writes scripts, and runs a production house. As a matter of fact, this particular interview was postponed a few hours as Fizz had been up all night writing a script for a drama series, going to bed only at 6am.

Although he didn’t reveal any details on the script he was writing, he did say: “I like writing stories that are based on real life, nothing fantastical, just about a typical Malaysian life that anyone can relate to.”

His fame peaked when he was acting in the 2009 TV drama series Nur Kasih, but the 35-year-old actor has accumulated a long list as both the supporting actor and main actor in films like Castello, Orang Minyak, Anak Halal and Cinta Kura-Kura. Of late, his name has appeared in at least three projects a year. Last year he was in Gila-Gila Remaja 2, Bisikan Syaitan, Pecah and Tanda Putera; whereas this year, he has appeared in the hit-comedy Mat Tudung, Dollah Superstar, and currently Dendam Orang Mati.

“I believe in doing things to the best of my ability. When making a film, a director has his responsibility and I have mine, which is to make sure the character I play is convincing to the audience.”

Actress Lisa Surihani, who is Fizz’s co-star in Dendam Orang Mati, said that the actor is a very generous acting partner. She explained: “He is an actor who gives, and someone who is willing to work with you to come up with the best scene. It was great.”

In the film, Fizz and Lisa play a married couple that ends up having a marital problem not only due to personal issues, but also due to supernatural elements.

In real life, Fizz got married to actress Almy Nadia in April this year after an eight-year courtship which included heartbreak when Fizz got engaged to someone else, only to break that off and get back with Almy. Almy is now pregnant with the couple’s first child.

When asked how he foresees fatherhood changing his work pattern once the baby arrives in March next year, he said: “Changes happen all the time and I am ready for them. I am a determined person and I believe that opportunities are anywhere as long as we know what we want and are willing to go after it.

“When I started out I only had RM10 cash; I never expected to be where I am today. While I am sad my father never got to see my success (he passed away in 2007), I am thankful to still be in the field I have chosen.”

Dendam Orang Mati is now showing in cinemas nationwide.

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