Former St Bonaventure’s pupil bags Tarzan film role

Charles Babalola, 23, has landed himself a supporting role in the new Hollywood production of Tarzan

Charles Babalola, 23, has landed himself a supporting role in the new Hollywood production of Tarzan - Credit: Faye Thomas

A former St Bonaventure’s pupil is swinging his way to the jungle after he bagged a role in the new Tarzan movie.

Charles Babalola, who went on to study drama at Havering College, is now rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers such as Samuel L Jackson, Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie.

The 23-year-old secured the supporting role in the new film during his last week of drama school at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) after his agent put him forward for the audition.

He was invited the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden where he got his costume fitted and director David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, offered him the part personally.

“This is the biggest break I have had so far by a mile,” Charles said.


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“I have auditioned for a few things this year but leaving drama school is the time when you are looking to bag your first job.”

Filming has already started on the production and Charles will be appearing in a couple of scenes, but couldn’t say more than that as he is sworn to secrecy by movie bosses.

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Charles is already pretty much best friends with Pulp Fiction legend Samuel L Jackson.

Well, they sat next to each other in the make up trailer in one “pretty surreal” experience.

“He was nice and friendly, speaking to me about my role in the film,” Charles said.

“He was talking about his deaths in different films and was really friendly.”

Tarzan is set for release in 2016.

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