John Kani explains his absence on ‘Lion King’ cast photo: He was away

John Kani explains his absence on ‘Lion King’ cast photo: He was away

Mzansi’ veteran actor, John Kani, has come forward on social media to restore harmony about his absence form a cast photo of the Lion King. He explained he was away on the day of the photoshoot.

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Local social media users were confused and some shocked earlier this week when the film’s official Twitter page shared a picture of the cast, and both John Kani and US actor, James Earl Jones, were missing.

Kani voices the popular Rafiki in the film. He veteran actor has received accolades around the world for his work and starred in several Hollywood films, which is why his absence in the cast photo was such a huge shock.

Social media users were outrages and in a frenzy, demanding answers when Kani took to Twitter to reply to a concerned fan and to calm the masses.

He wrote: “Please understand that some of these pictures are taken while I am in production in England and could not be available.”

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Kani later shared his experience abroad, ahead of the film’s premiere on Tuesday night, and how airport officials met him at the door of his plane to whisk him to another flight.

“Landed in JFK. Mrs Kani and I met at the door of the plan by airport officials taken through diplomatic customs desk. Quick passport check and then taken to the connecting LA flight for the Lion King red carpet premiere. Wow, I am getting used to this sh*t!”

All this confusion and excitement was amid the news that Kani will star as Botswana’s King Khama III in a new Hollywood film titled, Let My Country Be.

Kani is expected to star alongside John Cleese and Stephen Fry in the film, which will tell the story of an African king who tours England in 1895 to confront Queen Victoria about his land being stolen.

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A month ago, reported that the multi-award winning actor, director and playwright, John Kani, was recently honoured and given the special award, the Naledi Theatre World Impact Award. The actor humbly said his thanks on social media.

The Naledi Theatre Awards are considered one of the biggest and most prestigious platforms to recognise and reward excellence in SA Theatre.

Veteran actor, John Kani, has been awarded the special award of Naledi Theatre World Impact Award at the Joburg Theatre, where the annual awards ceremony took place, as reported on by TimesLIVE.

John is a household name and has a long list of impressive awards already to his name. He is perhaps most famously known for his role in the Hollywood hit, Black Panther.

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