PETALING JAYA: He was the bald-headed Castello in Gerak Khas: The Movie. So convincing was Rosyam Nor in the bad guy role that the actor has planned a spin-off.
Playing Castello has given this award-winning actor personal satisfaction, inspiring him to produce his first movie, also called Castello.
The action-packed movie would be released by his own production house, Suhan Movies and Trading Sdn Bhd, in June.
Director Badaruddin Azmi had worked on the script for a year and will direct it.
The movie will be very different from any of the other Malay movies you have seen, said Rosyam who secured a RM500,000 loan from the National Film Development Corporation to finance the RM1.2mil movie.
He added: Like the roles that Badaruddin had created for me in Berlari Ke Langit, KL Menjerit and Gangster, Castello is tailor-made for me.
Thats the best part about working with Badaruddin. Not only is he a good business partner but he also knows how to bring out the best in an actor.
To play Castello, Rosyam would have to adopt the right image, in terms of outfits and mannerisms.
The movie has an interesting storyline whereby the bad guy will have a prominent role. I am playing the lead not because its my movie but because I am looking at the commercial aspect.
As a producer, I am selling Rosyam Nor as a product, said the 37-year-old who ended Siti Nurhalizas five-time winning streak when he was named the Most Popular Artiste for 2002 by a local Malay daily.
The character of Castello would allow Rosyam to display his versatility in tackling multiple roles.
I try to move away from typecast roles. I always look for roles that demand the maximum of my acting ability, like my role in Lenjan as serial rapist and murderer Zarin.
I got the chance in this movie, said Rosyam, who was named best supporting actor for his role in Lenjan at the 44th Asia-Pacific Film festival in Bangkok in 1998.
These days, Rosyam is happy to write his own scripts with help from novelist Sharifah Abu Salem.
He has written the scripts for the soon-to-be screened 25-episode Rindu Semakin Jauh and TV dramas Rumah Di Tengah Sawah, Sekeras Kerikil, Seri Pengantin and the 12-episode drama series Harlina.