It was a great achievement for a Liberian at the famous Cannes Film Festival when hundreds around the world and other many actors and actresses appreciated his performances and wished him the best in his endeavor.
According to a dispatch from Paris, Mr. Cooper expressed thanks and appreciation to all those who supported him in his drive, noting, “To all of you who have liked, shared and otherwise embraced and expanded my joy and sense of the moment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul. It is due to the inherent greatness and indomitable spirit of Liberia, West Africa, Africa and humanity that we can assume a common sense of accomplishment and pride.
I may be a cast member of the film, The Last face, but I stand in the gap as a representative for us all. I also have to thank a great director and visionary filmmaker, Mr. Sean Penn, for offering me a wonderful opportunity and being a good friend. He showed faith, understanding and vision in not just casting me, but in his direction and portrayal of the story.
The testimony of which is what I believe is a film true to its subject matter in tenor and form, beautifully shot and conceived. I also thank Ms. Charlize Theron for being what she is and doing what she does best – being arguably the greatest actress of her generation and a wonderful caring human being.
Jean Reno, who I’ve idolized for so many years, an actor’s actor; a thespian of renown and great talent. Jared Harris, my god he is talented and such a nice and true person. Adele Exarchopoulos, bisous! Une future grand dame de la comedie et l’espoir de la comedie Francasie.
Hopper Penn a great actor in the making, the seeds are there keep watering them bro. Oscar Best and Edner Nonez, two brothers and friends, comrades in arms talented men true to their souls, respect.
Tina Jaxa, the grande dame of South African cinema, Fumani Nkateko Shilubana a great actor and wonderful, soulful brother. Sibongiseni Shezi the dancer extraordinaire; Sarah Muhoho, a very talented actress and seewt person, my kids in the film Sebelethu Bonkoolo a great kid, wonderful actor and star in the making; Latita Nduzawayiba & Asante Mabuza my two little divas, so beautiful and so mischievous and so awesome; Kabuki Akiwumi of Ghana – funny, nice and so good and so many others South African, Liberian, Kenya, Ghanaian, Sudanese and Sierra Leonean, who contributed to this film, hats off and take a bow.
An extraordinary multinational crew. Jon Kuyper, Bill Gerber, Matt Palmieri, Barry Ackroyd, Andrew Laws, Diana Ciliers, Genevieve Hofmeyr, Janine Van Assen, JP van der Merwe, James Muringani, Koke Mbuli, Nokufika Mdanda, Themba Ncube, so many brothers and sisters of many races, a truly rainbow production, uniquely Africa and uniquely South African. Again I thank you and wish love and blessings upon you all – nah baby nah sit up; so nah got to start crawling Zubin Cooper – omuahtee
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