Christopher Martin (‘Sean’) and Karian Sang (‘Lisa’) in a scene from the recently completed film ‘Destiny’. -Contributed
JG – JAMAICA – It seems as if Chris Martin has been bitten by the acting bug. The singer, who, for the past few years, has been charting hit after hit including Paper Loving, Mama, Reggae Roadblock, and Chill Spot among others, recently took on a new role: that of lead actor in a film set to be released in the summer of 2014.
Having now done the deed and awaiting the release of the film, Martin has discovered that he loves acting – a lot.
“The name of the movie is Destiny,” Martin said.
“I play the lead role, a character called Sean who is kind of similar to Christopher Martin in that he is trying to embark on his musical career and he meets a young lady by the name of Lisa, played by Kerian Sang, who comes to Jamaica to conduct business on behalf of her father. She meets the singer and feels the vibe. It’s a love kind of thing, love and music, no war and no bag a shooting. By being around my character, she discovers her love for music as well. It’s a nice movie.”
The film was directed by Jeremy Whitakker, who was a production assistant on the 2002 violent Jamaican gangster film Shottas that starred Ky-Mani Marley, Spragga Ben, and Wyclef Jean.
In a recent interview with The Gleaner, Whittaker described the film as “a romantic drama that explores several story lines which integrate a love story, the passionate pursuit of a musical career, and the return home to Jamaica by the lead character, Lisa.”
Other than being Sang’s love interest, Martin is finding that he is also thinking of getting more into acting if given the chance.
“I would love that. I have always wanted to act. In 2004, I got Best Actor for Jamaica in the school’s Festival when I was going to St Jago,” he said.
“So from then, I have always loved acting. I was involved in so many different things. I used to play football, singing in Festival for the school where I got Best Singer in the Caribbean Skills Competition in 2003, I think. Every extra-curricular activity, I liked to dabble in it. But as it relates to acting, I am always willing, from the roles are there and once I have the time.”