The latest news in Hollywood has it that multiple-award winning actor, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions is teaming with Paramount Pictures for a live-action take on the 90s popular environmentally-minded animated series called ‘Captain Planet.’
‘Captain Planet’ was a very popular animation series (or cartoons as we used to call it) in Ghana and any child who grew up in the 90s, especially in the city and had the privilege of having a TV set in his/her house or could visit a neighbour who had a TV set, till date, holds fond memories of the series.
Perhaps, one of the things about the series that enamoured many Ghanaians to watch, was the name of one of the characters, Kwame – which is a name originally from Ghana (used largely by the Akan tribe).
Ghanaian actor and environmentalist, Kobina Sam, has shared his thoughts on this new movie project, by admonishing Leonardo and his Hollywood crew to come to Ghana and cast a Ghanaian to play the role or the Kwame character.
In an exclusive interview with Presspeep.com, Kobina Sam advised passionately, “They should cast a Ghanaian for the Kwame character for this new ‘Captain Planet’ movie.” Explaining why, he continued, “I advise so because the name Kwame originates from Ghana so it would be appropriate if they come here and cast a Ghanaian for the role.
“At least one good turn, deserves another. It will be a great opportunity for Ghana if they truly cast someone from here.” Asked teasingly how he will feel in case they come and cast him for that role, he said amidst giggling, “Well, I’m an environmentalist.
“I believe in the protection of our environment from harm and that is the concept behind ‘Captain Planet’ – I got to know of that not long ago. So I will be glad to feature in something I share a philosophy with – plus acting-wise, you know I’m cut for it.”
Full name Kobina Amissah-Sam, is managed by the same management team of Abraham Attah – the young Ghanaian actor who made himself and Ghana proud in Hollywood as a cast in the Netflix award-winning movie ‘Best of No Nation’ and other foreign productions.
Kobina Sam played the role of father to Abraham Attah (Agu) in ‘Best of No Nation’. He’s also starred in other productions such as ‘Out of the Village’ (Short Film – Hollywood), Jungle Justice, and ‘Kweiba,’ a local production.
Ending with Presspeep.com, Kobina disclosed that, “I have been cast for two international films; one will be shooting in South Africa and one in Ghana. The production company will do announcement of the film and my character.”
The theme behind the ‘Captain Planet’ series, unknown to many Ghanaians (then and even till date) was environmental protection – in order words, ensuring a greener environment or world. The series premiered in 1990 and ran for six seasons.
Did you listen attentively or do you remember the beginning baritone voice over of Captain Planet? Enjoy it below:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Our world is in peril,” goes the narration at the start of every Captain Planet episode. “Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, can no longer stand the terrible destruction plaguing our planet. She gives five magic rings to five special young people.
“From Africa, Kwame with the power of earth. From the North America, Wheeler with the power of fire. From the Soviet Union, Linka with the power of wind. From Asia, Gi with the power of water and from South America, Ma-Ti with the power of heart. With the five powers combined they summon earth’s greatest champion: Captain Planet!”