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South African actor told he wasn't "black enough"

PICTURED: Cedric Fourie (Photo credit: Cedric Fourie's Instagram

SOUTH AFRICAN actor Cedric Fourie claims casting directors have told him that he doesn't "look black enough" to play certain roles.

In an interview with Times Live news site, the Soweto-born actor said: "I got to a point where I almost felt like I was wasting my time when auditioning for a black male role. How could I be told that I wasn’t black enough just because I am few shades lighter than what Europeans have tagged as black?"

Fourie, who plays a "shrewd and manipulative" businessman in SABC drama Skeem Saam, says being able to play a breadth of roles is important to him:

"I want to sell myself as [a] multi-dimensional actor. One who is able to play anything from a drag queen to businessman.”

He continued: "As an actor, you carry the story. I'm glad that I am part of a production that values preparation and research, but at the end of the day, it is my acting that will win people over. I want to sell myself as multi-dimensional actor. One who is able to play anything from a drag queen to businessman."

The actor, who is also a qualified engineer, has appeared in other productions such as Harvest, Sokhulu & Partners and Isibaya.

He said he has aspirations to conquer the global market, "one great production at a time."

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