‘Homeland’ actor Mandy Patinkin on his time in SA

Mandy Patinkin has said the time he spent in South Africa filming 'Homeland' affected him and his wife deeply.

Actor Mandy Patinkin speaking with Farhad Faez, a 13-year-old orphan from Afghanistan. Picture: Twitter/@PatinkinMandy.

NEW YORK - Actor Mandy Patinkin has told Eyewitness News the time he spent in South Africa filming Homeland affected him and his wife deeply.

The Emmy award winning actor, who lends his voice to the animated film, Smurfs: The Lost Village, which is currently on the cinema circuit, spent seven months in the country.

It may have been over two years ago since Patinkin lived in South Africa while filming Homeland but he says the time here made an impact.

“It was an extraordinary experience, we made a lot of dear friends.”

Patinkin’s wife is in the process of writing a production with two South Africans.

“A play with two people from the township… two young men. It was an experience that affected our lives deeply.”

Smurfs: The Lost Village also features the voice of Demi Lovato.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)