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Caine was shy says African prince
An African prince who starred in the classic movie Zulu has described how the film’s star Michael Caine was just a shy young actor on set.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who played his great grandfather King Cetshwayo kaMpande in the film, said he was quite self-effacing despite his prominent role which made him an international figure.
The Zulu prince will be joining guests in London’s West End for a special 50th anniversary charity screening of the movie, now digitally remastered, at the Odeon Leicester Square on Tuesday night.
The film dramatizes the events at Rorke’s Drift where the British Army famously battled Zulu battalions in January 1879.
It tells the story of the 150 British soldiers, many sick and wounded, who took on 4,000 Zulu warriors – with their efforts earning 11 Victoria Crosses.
Buthelezi, who is a South African politician, said: “For Michael Caine that was his big debut, he was the main actor along with Jack Hawkins.
“I didn’t exchange many words with him but my impression was of a young man who was a bit shy – he looked shy to me.”
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