Actor Ryan Phillippe stars in the new movie "The Bang Bang Club," alongside actors Taylor Kitsch and Malin Akerman, which premeired at the Tribeca Film Festival. The flick is the real life story of four young combat photographers – Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek - bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth.
They risked their lives and used their camera lenses to show the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post-Apartheid South Africa in the early 90s.
The heartthrob spills the beans about what led him to play such a heavy role, his love for South Africa and his safari visit.
GlobalGrind had the opportunity to speak with Ryan about his time in a foreign country and the importance of combat photography.
Check out the exclusive interview below.
What did you do on your off time? Did you eat the stuffed bread?
I love the food in South Africa, I really loved it. I got to experience the country from a social standpoint and interact with people. I loved that. I loved the energy and there’s something great about a country that’s still reshaping its identity and there’s something so alive about that for me. I got that from the interaction with people.
I’m going back in July for the premiere of this film there and I’m taking my children and we’re going to go on safari and go to Soweto. I didn’t really have time to do that kind of thing while I was there. It was really run and gun.
There are all these movies about the African cats and you’re going on safari. Do you have any particular animals you want to get a chance to see?
I’ll probably let my kids dictate that (laughter). I remember when we were making the film, the guys went out and played golf and a zebra walks across the golf course. It was completely unlike anything we had experienced here. On the way to work we would see monkeys on the side of the road. It’s fascinating.