Local actor David Rees is leaving 7de Laan – a show he describes as so “boring” that he fell asleep on set.
Rees, who is perhaps best known for playing the role of Niek Naudé on Egoli, insists he wasn’t fired from the SABC 2 soapie.
Danie Odendaal Productions confirmed that Rees is leaving the show after two years, saying "David was a valuable part of 7de Laan over the past two years and his contribution is highly appreciated."
The actor who wasn’t on a full-time contract won’t be part of the new upcoming season’s production but it’s not yet clear why he is leaving the show.
Rees who turned 50 in February is still filming 7de Laan scenes until 31 July and his property developer Chris Welman character will make his on-screen exit in the weekday soap on 19 October.
On Sunday Rees told the Afrikaans newspaper Rapport that it suits him perfectly to leave 7de Laan since he sometimes fell asleep on the 7de Laan set because he was bored.
Rees however noted that he wasn’t fired from the TV show this time, which was the case when he left the Franz Marx produced Egoli on M-Net, saying “This time I’m not fired like years ago at Egoli when I played Niek Naude and caused trouble”. He told Rapport “I’m not fired. I’ve just been written out of the storyline.”
Rees revealed that on the 7de Laan set “I sometimes fell asleep during scenes simply because I was bored. I’ve never been just an actor. I’ve always done other stuff as well”.
7de Laan officials have described him as a “valuable part” of the soapie whose “contribution is highly appreciated”.
David’s last day of shooting will reportedly be on July 31, with his final scene airing on October 19. Despite his bizarre sleeping habits on-set, David seems to have been a breath of fresh air off-set.
“Don’t let his deep voice and fierce character on 7de Laan fool you. He has a small (sic) heart and loves to spoil people with unexpected gifts and compliments. He is always willing to walk the extra mile with a big smile on his face. It is such a pleasure to work with someone as positive as you!” the show’s official Facebook page posted on his 50th birthday in February.
WHAT NEXT FOR DAVID?
The 50-year-old, who has been on the show for two years, says he will be working for a company that uses blockchain technology to finance projects.
He’s now going to work for a company specialising in using blockchain technology to finance various projects and is getting married on 21 December to the accountant Lina Pentz.
The Welman family made their appearance in the fictional Hillside community in June 2016 when Chris and his wife Mariaan (Deirdre Wolhunter) who is currently in jail, returned to South African with their three adult children, Rikus (André Lotter), Alexa (Carina Nel) and Amorey (Kristen Raath).
In May 2016 Rees told the Huisgenoot magazine that “I really, really wanted this role. I was so happy when I got it”.