South African film and television legend, Jerry Mofokeng, has recently voiced his concerns about the current trend in the entertainment industry of casting influencers over trained actors. In a series of interviews and public appearances, Mofokeng has been candid about his views on the matter, emphasizing the importance of talent and skill over social media popularity.
Speaking to Times Live, Mofokeng shared his experiences working with influencers on set. He highlighted the challenges that arise when individuals are chosen for roles based on their follower count rather than their acting abilities. “It’s a different ball game when you’re on set. It’s not about how many likes or followers you have but about how you deliver your lines and connect with the audience,” he stated.
This sentiment was echoed during his speech at the 17th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). Addressing directors and producers, Mofokeng passionately said, “It’s not about the number of followers you have.” His message was clear: the industry should prioritize genuine talent over online popularity.
The South African also reported on a discussion between Mofokeng and “Scandal!” actor Neo Mokgethi. The two delved into the topic of influencers in the entertainment world, with Mokgethi expressing similar concerns. He mentioned that while influencers have a place in the industry, especially in marketing and promotions, casting them in roles that require seasoned acting skills does a disservice to the project and the audience.
Briefly.co.za highlighted another instance where the veteran actor opened up about the issue. Mofokeng emphasized the importance of authenticity in casting. He believes that roles should be given to those who have honed their craft and can genuinely portray characters, bringing stories to life in a way that resonates with viewers.
The debate around casting influencers versus trained actors is not new, but with industry stalwarts like Mofokeng weighing in, it’s gaining more attention. As the entertainment world continues to evolve, the balance between leveraging social media popularity and maintaining artistic integrity will be a topic of ongoing discussion.