Comrade Babble - at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa
5' 11" (1.8 m)
Did You Know?
[on the release of District 9
(2009), 19 August 2009]: Friends of mine from overseas, who I have not spoken to in six or seven years, suddenly asked me "Are you involved in this?" So when the buzz started, with the level of secrecy [the director and producer] implanted from the start, you knew something was coming.
In September 2012, David was accosted in a shop in South Africa, where he had stopped to buy cigarettes. The shopkeeper threw the cigarettes at him and ran out the back door; shocked, David left money on the counter and walked out. The shopkeeper then followed him and threw a rock at his head, yelling "Hermanus!" [a reference to his character, the bad guy Hermanus Meyer on Rhythm City
In television and in his breakthrough performance in District 9, James has portrayed the menacing and even psychotic "bad guy."