Victor Botha - Interview - Star Wars Rogue One
Victor Botha is a South African actor born in the Free State South Africa. He is known for playing a death trooper in Rogue One (A Star Wars Story) Previously he was a soldier in the British Army serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Victor has a lot of military experience especially with firearms. He enjoys sport especially rugby,cricket and F1 he lives in the U.K.
In Star Wars Rogue One you playing an Death Trooper. How did you get cast for Star Wars ?
~ I WAS IN THE BRITISH ARMY FOR 12 YEARS AND AS I WAS LEAVING I WASNT SURE OF WHAT TO DO. MY WIFE SIGNED ME UP TO AN AGENCY FOR EX MILITARY PERSONNEL.
A WEEK AFTER I SIGNED UP I GOT A CALL, ASKING IF I WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND AN AUDITION FOR “LOS ALAMOS”. WHEN I ARRIVED AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS THERE WAS ABOUT 15 OTHER GUYS THERE AS WELL FOR THE AUDITION. WE HAD TO FIT THE ARMOUR ON AND RUN AROUND SO THAT THE DIRECTOR COULD SEE IF WE CAN DO OUR ACTIONS NATURALLY IN THE ARMOUR, WHICH WASNT EASY I CAN TELL YOU.
WE WERE TOLD TO GO AWAY AND THEY WOULD LET US KNOW IF WE WERE ONE OF THE SIX THEY WOULD CHOOSE TO GO ON AND BE IN THE FILM.
AND HERE WE ARE, I WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES!!!
- Were you a Star Wars fan before you got cast?
~ TO BE HONEST WITH YOU I NEVER SAW A STAR WARS FILM BEFORE I GOT CAST FOR ROGUE ONE. AS THE FILM WENT ON AND I HAD TO START INTERACT WITH FANS I HAD TO WATCH SOME OF THE FILM TO FAMILIARISE MYSELF WITH THE STORY LINE.
- Could you share some funny, remarkable, weird stories regarding the filming of your scenes?
~ THE FUNNIEST WAS ON THE SCARRIF SCENE, WERE WE HAD TO DO ALOT OF RUNNING AND SHOOTING. THERE WAS ALOT OF DEAD BODIES ON THE GROUND AND OUR VISIBILITY IN THE MASK WAS NOT GREAT AT ALL. I FELL OVER A FEW GUYS ON THAT SCENE. I THINK IF THEY MADE A BLOOPER SCENE I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN IT AND THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN ALOT OF LAUGHTER!!!
- Please finish the following sentence: “Looking back at working on Star Wars Rogue One .....
~ I JUST REALISE HOW PRIVILEGED I WAS TO BE PART OF SUCH AN ICONIC MOVIE FRANCHISE, AND I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH IT.
- With a role in Star Wars comes a Big Fan Community, what are your first star wars fan experiences?
~ I REALLY ENJOY THE INTERACTIONS WITH FANS.
ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE ASKING FOR HELP BUILDINGS THEIR OWN DEATH TROOPER ARMOUR, AND I AM JUST HAPPY TO LEND A HELPING HAND WITH AS MUCH INFO FROM THE FILM AS I CAN.
- Victor , when you not work as actor what are you doing?
~ AFTER I FINISHED ON ROGUE ONE I I STARTED DOING WOODWORK, WHICH WAS ALWAYS A PASSION AND HOBBY FOR ME. AT THE MOMENT IM LEARNING ALOT, AND LATER I WOULD LOVE TO START MY OWN CARPENTRY/JOINERY COMPANY.