RIP: Jamie Bartlett Prolific stage and screen actor, best known for his role as David Genaro on the etv soapie Rhythm City, has died at 55. #RIPJamieBartlett
When his son entered his senior year of college, he felt a sea change. After so many years trying to keep his only child happy, Jamie Bartlett decided it was time to focus on himself.
After 13 years playing David Genaro in Rhythm City, he wanted to spread his wings, so he left the popular soap opera.
“I’ve been playing David — I’m not saying he’s easy, but my god, we explored every part of him,” Jamie told DRUM.
“I know how he smells, I know how much wax he has in his ears. It’s all over.” David would be one of the meanest men on the Mzansi soap opera – a man who mercilessly terrorized his opponents without even thinking about him Destruction in order to get what he wants. But karma has a way to catch up, and in the end, the soap opera villain dies his way. In a dramatic scene, David is shot by Choke (Mduduzi Mabaso) and Khulekani (Mncedisi Shabangu), who seek revenge after David kills his son.
“I really liked his first death 10 years ago,” joked Jamie. Back then, after Gina (Doret Podget) took revenge on David for kidnapping and torturing her, David dies in a hail of bullets, but it turns out he was faked. But this time no one raised him from the dead. “Something happened after my son graduated from college,” Jamie said.
“I feel like I lived in Joburg so he could finish his studies and then his economics degree. I’m going to be 54 this year, and I feel like it’s just a clinging end to it.” But leaving soap operas after 13 years isn’t easy.
“I had to sit down and look in the mirror,” he said. “Am I spending more time with my mum in Cape Town? Will I be teaching and traveling more between London [where he originally came from] and Cape Town? Am I open to more acting, how much do I want to shoot? British movies, or I want to go to Cape Town?”
He has a lot to think about, but one thing is clear. “My show is far from done — far from done,” Jamie said.
“I think I’m ready to inherit something else in 25 years.”
We met him in his stylish three-story loft apartment in Jozi. The airy lounge is tastefully decorated with whimsical lamps, colourful glass vases and precious ornaments. Two brightly coloured Basotho blankets drape neatly over the olive green velvet sofa. The talented TV star wore a sleek colorful shirt and sporty red sunglasses in what would become his signature new look. “You must be an interesting person,” Jamie said.
On the wall opposite him is a huge black-and-white photo of two young black men drinking with Gucci belts. He said he liked that the artwork told the story of a young black man from the township. “I’m fascinated by South Africa, worms and trees. Jamie Bartlett is what you see here. Someone who reads plays, reads classics, has a few close friends.
“It takes a long time to feel really comfortable in my skin. I’m more comfortable now than I was when I was 30, and I know what I want,” he adds. “Yes, I fell off my horse a few times, but I had to get back on my feet. I’ve made mistakes and bad choices in my life. . . I think the indelible thing is that I’m a father. Me and any parent Same pain as parenting. It changes you and it grows you up. I’m in a better mood than ever.”
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Jamie stood and served us imported coffee in exotic round glasses, which he said he got while traveling in Swaziland. The open kitchen looks like it belongs to a professional chef. In the gleaming tank, crabs are waiting to be cooked for “someone special”.
“I’m going to cook tonight and I love to cook. She loves crabs,” Jamie said. He won’t reveal more about his beloved, but now that he has more free time, he hopes to upset his special friend.
With a wealth of experience, the award-winning actor believes in sharing his knowledge. That’s why Jamie gives master classes at The Finishing College, an accredited private university in Bramley, Joburg.
“I teach other actors and companies to be confident — like being comfortable in your own skin, how to impress others, how to speak with a smile. “That’s where I want to be right now. It’s a far cry from the long hours on set. Still, he’ll miss playing the diabolical David. Jamie is so absorbed in the role that he sometimes tells the writers, “No, he’ll never be like that.” Do. “He knew David from the inside out.