Bjorn Steinbach is an up-and-coming South African actor, who is best known for his role as Corporal Michael Stinetorf in HBO's original 7-part mini-series Generation Kill.
Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, Bjorn graduated from Grey High School and went on to study psychology at UCT before enrolling at City Varsity to pursue an acting career. He got his first break with Generation Kill in 2008 after his first project, a short film called Small Killing, was filmed and aired in South Africa. Generation Kill gave him the opportunity to follow his dream by studying at the William Esper Studio in NYC, where he excelled.
More recently, Cosmopolitan Calendar's 'Mr. December' has been racking up a serious filmography with a spate of international and local productions, including Natalee Holloway and The Lost Future. On stage, Steinbach just starred in the internationally acclaimed theatre show, The Mercy Seat and co-produced Fat Pig, a comedy starring Colin Moss and Chanelle De Jager.
Steinbach is a handsome, talented and determined actor, who is constantly honing his craft, having starred alongside some of Hollywood's finest. A star-in-the-making, this new generation South African heartthrob is clearly on the road to international stardom, making Bjorn Steinbach a name to remember!
Catch up with the man, as he gives us a chance to get to know him a little bit better through his take on film in Top Ten Movies... and don't forget to wish him a happy birthday on the 20th! (@BjornSteinbach).
"...the humanly impossible is possible."
I can't watch movies without...
- ...falling asleep in the second act and waking up for the finale. Seriously my friends think I waste money going to the movies. I think there's just something about being comfortable in a dark room that tells my body... "Shhhh... just sleep." - strange I know! Oh and when I'm in New York, I can't watch movies without Twizzlers. Ever since the 3 Ninja Kids, I'm addicted to red licorice and Woolies just brought out cheap red licorice... so I'm screwed!
Which famous people share your birthday?
- Snoop Dogg... word, and Viggo Mortensen. (October 20)
What is the first film you remember watching?
- Terminator 2, I sneaked into my dad's room at 9pm when I should have been sleeping and watched it from a gap in the door. I was 8 and cried my eyes out when he melted himself - haha. It's crazy to think that Terminator was made the year I was born!
What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
- Malibu Spring Break, worst everything. There's a 4 minute handheld shot running circles around an argument scene. It's two irritating American brats, who can't act and it seems like no one can do anything on that film.
Which movies have made you tearful?
- The Lion King! Every time. Also, The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds and John Q. Just like all the other guys, I sat in the cinema fighting the tears, trying to laugh it off, breathe slowly, frequently wiping my "itchy" eyes.
Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?
- Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman - I worked 10 days on Invictus. Incredible to watch a supremely professional team at work, no BS just work. Clint is the coolest person ever. He's so chilled on set and he told me that you only take 10 takes if you're looking for options, I don't need options I only want the one I want.
Before we started filming, Warner Bros. organised a function for us to all watch the real '95 Rugby World Cup final again. That's where I got to chat to Matt about his career and ask for advice, he told me some funny stories about him and what he learnt from "Bob" De Niro. He's was such a great guy to work with and is always enjoying himself on set.
What's your favourite movie line?
- If there's one thing this last week has taught me, it's better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it." - True Romance
Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?
- Wow, that's a tough question... Christian Bale/Krusty the Clown.
If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?
- How we as a society refuse to believe anything is possible when countless people show us it is every day! I think there are so many people showing us that nothing is fact and that the "humanly impossible" is possible. I'd like to make a movie about a world where breaking records and rules is an everyday norm.
Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...
- The Lion King ...best story, best villains, best music, best sidekick friends and it's an African story.
- The Boondock Saints ...for the epic brotherhood, an awesome religious spin and the way it's edited out of time. I think it resonates with a feeling that everybody has at some stage in their life tried to take the law into their own hands.
- Legends of the Fall ...stellar performances by Hopkins and Pitt and a really great look into a family in that period. Every guy wants be Tristan Ludlow
- Braveheart ...Mel Gibson at his best, and what an epic story. One of the greatest hero stories of all time, it just checks all the right boxes as a guy.
- Edward Scissorhands ...so weird and offbeat but relatable. I think it was the perfect way for Depp to break the public perception of him by taking his looks out of the equation and forcing people to look deeper.
- The Godfather/The Godfather 2 ...brilliant story-telling by Coppola and Pacino is untouchable.
- Snatch ...great one-liners, insane characters. This is why I fell in love with Guy Ritchie's style of film-making.
- The Dark Knight ...the revolutionary film that made it unacceptable for a superhero movie to just be a superhero movie.
- Bronson ...Tom Hardy is just circus mad and the psychology of this character is so well represented.
- Fight Club ...Tyler Durden, BOOM! Enough said.
- The Doors (10.1) ...I finally saw what all the hype about Val Kilmer was about. He was amazing in this film and the trippy style in which it was filmed really thrusts you into the that period of life and music.
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