Soe Wong is a talented mimic who entertains his audiences with brilliant impersonations of many well-known people including Mr. Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Eugène Terre’Blanche, Frederik Willem (F.W.) de Klerk, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and many others.
Soe has performed at conferences, seminars, business breakfasts and dinners all around Asia, delighting his audiences as he smoothly moves from one character to the next.
In 2010 he decided it was time for his Hollywood dream to come through as he wanted to follow in the footsteps of Eddie Murphy and other black comedians. But it seems that Soe has hit a wall as Nelson Mandela impersonator: that wall is called the casting agent. He told Peanuts Daily:
Every time I go for a black man’s part I’m told, sorry you are just not right for the part. This is ridiculous; I’m perfect for most parts. For example, recently I arrived for an audition for a Nelson Mandela bio picture about the South African leader, only to be told that I’m not black enough. Clearly they did not even watch my impersonation of Nelson Mandela. Being black is a state of mind!
Even though Soe has had not had much luck in Hollywood he is still quite popular in Japan where he blacks himself up and performs chain songs for drunk Japanese businessmen.
Author: Ms. Murphy, Brittany.