MULTI-AWARD-WINNING film and television stalwart Rosyam Nor is one actor who is happy when the audience hates him.
KL Gangster 2 marks an acting comeback for the 46-year-old who has spent the past two years working as a producer and director.
So keen were the filmmakers to get him on board the action flick that they wrote the role of murderous mob boss Tailong specifically for him as enticement.
Rosyam says: “I felt I had a huge responsibility to bring the character to life. So I tried to make him as violent and vile as possible. If the viewers don’t hate me, then I haven’t done my job.”
To play the gun-and-sword-wielding gang leader, he studied the movements and mannerisms of reptiles such as crocodiles, lizards and snakes. “He’s like a reptile, the way he looks at people, the way he moves.”
His commitment to the role carried on from research into filming.
Despite being older than his co-stars Aaron Aziz, 37, and Adi Putra, 32, he insisted on doing all but three of the action and fight scenes himself. “I think I made the shooting longer because I had to take a lot of breaks in between the action scenes to catch my breath,” he says with a laugh. “And for that, I am grateful to Aaron, Adi and the rest of the cast and crew.”
The nephew of late Malaysian film veteran Hussein Abu Hassan, Rosyam is a decorated actor.
His accolades include Best Supporting Male Actor award at the 1998 Asia-Pacific Film Festival, for his role as a serial killer and rapist in the 1998 thriller Lenjan.
He burst onto the scene in 1986 with teen drama Gila-Gila Remaja, which was directed by his uncle and co-starred his cousin, Faizal Hussein.
Rosyam, a father of five, is modest when told that Adi had mentioned in an interview that he was excited to work with him, describing the older actor as his mentor.
Rosyam says: “I treat him and Aaron like my younger brothers. I was also learning from them and adapting myself to their style. We are all on the same level.”
He also had no problems taking orders from a younger director, Syamsul Yusof, 29.
“It’s my first time working under him and I must say he is very meticulous in his work he is detailed and he knows what he wants. Even though he is younger than me, I have a lot of respect for him as a director.” – The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network
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