KAI LUKE BRUMMER

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This first-time screen actor still continues receiving rave reviews and turned out far friendlier and more relaxed than the character
Nicholas van der Swart that he acted so well.

by RUBIN VAN NIEKERK

I drove from Camps Bay on yet another postcard pretty day to the Fugard theatre to do a Gay Pages cover shoot with Kai Luke Brümmer and photographer Reinhard Janse van Rensburg. We were ecstatic to have the dashing Kai, lead actor from the film, Moffie on the Gay Pages Autumn cover. He portrays the introverted Nicholas van der Swart, a character based on the writer, André Carl van der Merwe exceptionally well. Being a huge fan of André, as well as the movie, made me curious to see how the real-life Kai would match up as my imagined character Nicholas from print versus the film. Like just about every gay man who have read the book, I also fell a little in love with the irresistible character of Nicholas.

Kai disarmed me with a bright cheery smile when we were finally introduced face to face after numerous emails and a few conversations. We chatted jovially and he clearly was far less reserved than Nicholas, a role for which he received many well deserved, rave reviews around the world. Unbelievably, it was his first movie role. Kai as a seasoned stage actor, took to the stage at the age of two in his first role as a baby giraffe! The thought that he was probably even cuter then brought a grin to my face. I should have asked his mom…

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