"Pure evil" Die Antwoord made filming on CHAPPIE a nightmare

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If you’re one of the folks that – like me – are worried that the inclusion of Die Antwoord will ruin Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming Chappie, then I’m here to tell you that it did. At least when it came to making the movie. Speaking to News24, veteran actor Brandon Auret, who has appeared in all of Blomkamp’s movies thus far and plays one of the main villains in Chappie, revealed that working with the Zef duo – Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er – was horrible. Initially Auret plays the diplomat and goes the “no comment’ route when asked about the experience, but soon he admitted to the horrible experience of working with the musos turned first-time actors.

A year ago, City Press put out a story detailing Ninja and Yolandi’s alleged on-set antics, but at the time the story was rubbished by several spokespeople. In the light of Auret’s most recent admission though, things may have been a lot closer to the truth than we may have thought.

In the original story, City Press confirmed Die Antwoord’s behaviour with six other members of the cast and crew, some of whom called them “pure evil”. The duo reportedly acted like primadonnas making outlandish demands of the crew, like only drinking fancy Veuve Clicquot champagne and refusing to sit with the other cast and crew – something which the actual big name stars of the movie like Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver were quite happy to do. And despite the fact that this was the first time the pair was acting in a movie, Ninja reportedly kept telling the other seasoned actors “how to do their scenes. He’d call and say they were doing it wrong and tell them how to do it”.

According to one of the crew at the time, Ninja’s behaviour wasn’t just restricted to the set as he would even email them with directions on how he thinks they should be acting. And for some reason, he appeared to be focusing on American actor Jose Pablo Cantillo and Auret, the latter of whom was on the verge of losing his cool, according to a source.

“Brandon is the greatest actor on set, calm and present. You must know that if it gets to a point where he wants to hit Ninja he’s so angry, there was a serious problem.”

Not that Ninja’s time in front of the camera was problem-free, as his performance apparently “grew increasingly violent and physical and departed from the script”. Reportedly, Blomkamp himself got so “gatvol” of Ninja that he rewrote a still unfilmed portion of the script just so that he would spend less time with him.


But unruly acting is allegedly not anywhere close to the extent of the trouble Ninja caused. According to City Press’ sources, Ninja hit on several female cast/crew members – sometimes in front of his partner Yolandi – and is even alleged to have sent explicit pics of himself engaged in a sex act to two of them. He reportedly invited some back to Cape Town “telling them they would get a hotel room and hire prostitutes to join them”.

International star Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), who plays the robot Chappie’s designer in the film, was apparently livid after Ninja took him on a “tour of his hood” where he tricked Patel into eating marijuana laced cake.

At the time, City Press reached out to Die Antwoord’s agent and Chappie‘s publication office about these allegations and much more, but received a “no comment” from the former and this boiler plate response from the latter:

“Neill Blomkamp is hard at work getting Chappie ready for release. As with all things Chappie, our lips are sealed, but we are looking forward to sharing the final film with Neill’s fans around the world.”

I wonder if they would change their tune now?

Chappie releases on March 7, 2015. Here’s a trailer to remind you that there’s more to this movie than just a couple of big egos with bad haircuts.

Last Updated: February 27, 2015

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Lourens Corleone

    I think it is mostly nonsense. If you read this interview with him, it tells a whole different story. I think that is more the image that they ‘want’ people to think than anything else. http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/23835/1/ninja-zef-master

    • Matthew Holliday

      i thought so too initially. i assumed theyd go home and be like, normal people when not performing.

      but its actually how they are, yes, its intentional and people see what they want us to see, but there is no off switch, they dont do fake press releases, the Ninja persona is a dick, so he is a dick all the time.

    • Kervyn Cloete

      Before this video with Brandon Auret, that’s what I also thought may have been the case here. But then this comes out… Also, him and another actor were on 5FM the other morning talking about the movie, and were asked what it was like working with Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel, etc, and they said that these guys were the nicest, down to earth people you could find despite them being such big stars.

      But they then went on to say that there were other actors who were nowhere near as well known who acted like real chops on set, being right primadonnas. At the the time, they wouldn’t say who these actors were, but after that interview, it’s almost clear that they were referring to Ninja and co.

      • Lourens Corleone

        Nah. Brandon Auret is really not who I will be basing my opinion of things off of.

        • Kervyn Cloete

          Well, like I said, there was another actor with him who was saying the same thing.

      • Draco Lusus

        *Ninja and Ho….there, fixed it for you.

  • I don’t know how I feel about this. Have never enjoyed die antwoord at all. When I originally found out that they are cast in this movie, it upset me. Mostly because I cannot imagine them being good actors or adding anything to this project. And it actually convinced me to wait until the movie is out on dvd before I watch it.
    Which is a shame because I love Blomkamp’s movies.

  • Why oh why did they cast them?

    • Dutch Matrix

      Good question. I was interested to go watch Chappie because of Hugh Jackman. Saw the trailer, saw Die Antwoord and just went no. Sorry.

      • Captain JJ the crafter

        My reaction too

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfAkkad

        Also my reaction. I want nothing to do with anything “Die Antwoord”. I feel like we somehow imported trailer trash to RSA. It’s not something we should be proud of. Now where is my Jack Parow album…

        • Dutch Matrix

          It’s sad that the world is going to see Die Antwoord as the best South Africa can do in terms of acting.
          I weep for my country…

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      Probably because of the way they look, and brand.

      • Asking for trouble if you ask me.

    • Matthew Holliday

      if you ask ninja, the whole movie was apparently die antwoords brain child.

      • HAHA! Yeah, they directed it too

        • Lourens Corleone

          Where are you getting this? Read the interview above.

  • Captain JJ the crafter

    I can stand this group

    • Blood Emperor Trevor


    • Rock789

      That better be a typo! :p

  • Martin du preez (D4RKL1NGza)

    Fucking scum
    I will only tolerate them in this movie because I’m a big NB fan.

  • Matthew Holliday

    i couldnt even watch the trailer for this movie, die antwoord are so cringe worthy, i was scared someone was going to see me watching it, like napolean dynamite or pron.

    • rollingmol

      wait you watched Napoleon dynamite?

      • Matthew Holliday

        i tried, made it about halfway through.
        far enough to get in with the cool guys saying “vote for pedro” but not enough that Id be mistaken for a fan.

  • WitWolfy

    I think they were supposed to be the shock factor to the movie..Too bad they ended up being the Kommen factor instead.

    • rollingmol

      Shock apparently has many flavours.

  • Rock789

    I’m truly torn about this movie. On the one hand I want to see it because of Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Neil Blomkamp. On the other hand, I don’t want to contribute to something that even remotely involves “Die Antwoord”… Yuck… Just yuck!


    Anyone else think Chappie sounds a lil like Johnny5 from Short Circuit w/ a cape col accent? – I love it!

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