THE straight scar line operating down the left facet of Theebaan G’s face provides him a ‘robust man’ impression. Plus, together with his tall, and muscular determine, one could possibly be forgiven for feeling a bit intimidated by him.
Nonetheless, as you get to know him extra, you’ll discover out that he bought the scar as a two-year-old following a bicycle accident, and that he’s truly an excellent chill and down-to-earth particular person with an ideal sense of humour. And he likes the colour pink, too!
Theebaan Govindasamy, 32, is not any stranger shattering misconceptions, due to his experiences on the planet of martial arts and performing. His martial arts expertise started on the age of 5, and he represented Malaysia in karate for seven years and was topped Nationwide Karate Champion eight instances, earlier than changing into Malaysia’s Welterweight Champion in 2016 within the native combined martial arts (MMA) scene.
Throughout his interview with the Solar, Theebaan defined he started karate classes at an early age, and his mother and father inspired him and his three siblings to take part in preventing and coaching courses as effectively.
He stated: “I grew to become nationwide champion for the primary time in 2006, at age 16, and bought induced into the nationwide crew the next 12 months. In 2014 I left nationwide crew and [decided to try] a unique sort of preventing expertise.
“Shangkaraa, my brother, was closely concerned within the MMA world, and I picked this up alongside the street. I began coaching in Klinch MMA in Publika from there, and the remainder, as they are saying, is historical past.”
Theebaan later tried his hand at performing once more, starring within the 2018 motion movie PASKAL: The Film . He was known as for casting after filmmakers noticed his efficiency by him in Victory , a neighborhood Tamil-language motion movie which was launched in 2014.
“Many did not know earlier than performing in PASKAL , I first entered the Tamil leisure business by performing in that film. I performed the lead position of a karate athlete, however the movie was not profitable, and many individuals don’t even comprehend it exists,” he defined.
“[In PASKAL ] I used to be requested to audition for the position of Misi (a PASKAL member), and initially, I did not need to do it,” he stated. Happily, he finally stated sure. The movie went on to earn RM30.5 million throughout its preliminary theatrical run.
Theebaan stated that probably the most difficult scene for him to movie was one a part of the montage sequence which demonstrated the true life PASKAL coaching course of, which occurred underwater.
“My fingers and legs have been tied up and we needed to leap into the water and swim. Within the scene, there was an underwater digital camera capturing the forged holding their breath, sinking to the underside of the pool on the identical time.”
After PASKAL , he went on to star in different Malay movies, together with Ada Hantu and Ada Hantu 2 , and the romantic comedy Pasal Kau .
He’ll subsequent be seen within the 22-episode Tamil sequence Veera , the place he performs the titular lead character, and likewise acts as a stunt coordinator.
This sequence is a couple of gifted martial artist skilled by a former boxing champion, who has to face his personal brother as a rival in an MMA Championship match, which is the right character for him.
When requested if he was involved in enjoying a villain moderately than the hero, he replied: “I’m prepared to participate in motion pictures and dramas as a villain, and I might be thankful for the chance.
“I’ve beforehand acted because the unhealthy man however not because the lead, however sure, I’m prepared to discover new genres or numerous characters sooner or later.”
We additionally requested him about his upcoming motion movie Malbatt: Misi Bakara , which focuses on a real-life 1993 incident the place 19 members of the Malbatt 1 unit take part a mission to rescue a bunch of US Rangers throughout a skirmish in Somalia.
He stated: “An enormous crew was concerned, so we flew to Turkey in batches; a few of us by no means even met all through the whole thing of the shoot. It was a loopy expertise, flying midway throughout the globe to shoot a film.
“Most of all although, telling what truly occurred in Bakara was all the time the guts of the mission.”
What’s his recommendation to these involved in martial arts or performing? “Love what you are into,” he stated. “By no means hand over after a single setback. Use it to drive your motivation moderately than maintain you again. Additionally, all the time be prepared to study out of your expertise.”
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