Encore presentation of Rivonia Trial - portrayed Joel Joffe (attorney for Nelson Mandela), at State Theatre, Pretoria (South Africa)
5' 11" (1.8 m)
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[on District 9
(2009)]: I think Neill [Blomkamp] liked the psychopathic edge I gave to Koobus in my audition. He can lie so convincingly to everyone around him - he's operating with his own agenda. Whenever I was in doubt about what my character would do in a situation, I went back to that.
His family were very conservative and separatists, his father a Dutch Reformed man, whereas James was liberal. They also clashed regarding his choice of careers. As a young man, James struck a bargain with his family that if he were to letter in sports, he could then pursue his choice of studies. After accomplishing this and after his tour of duty in the military, he chose to study acting.
In television and in his breakthrough performance in District 9, James has portrayed the menacing and even psychotic "bad guy."