Interview: Wanchana “Colonel Bird” Sawasdee
If there's an actor who's best known for playing the part of the patriotic hero, that would be Wanchana “Colonel Bird” Sawasdee. The occasional actor is best known for his role as King Naresuan, the beloved warrior ruler of Ayutthaya during the late 16th century, in MC Chatrichalerm Yukol’s Legend of King Naresuan film series. For a span of eight years, Wanchana reprised this lead role in five of the franchise’s six movies. Off-screen, Wanchana is a full-time soldier who currently serves as an assistant spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence. At home, he’s a loving husband and a devoted father to his son Win. Wanchana is a man’s man, a decent sort through and through. So you can imagine our surprise when he shook things up a bit by taking on the role of Suea Fai, a Robin Hood-type Thai outlaw in the 1940s, in Khun Pan 2, the sequel to the 2016 blockbuster Khun Pan. The sometime actor sits down with Time Out to discuss the challenges of taking on a role that’s so dissimilar to his personality, and his grand ambitions for his son. Playing a thief and an outlaw? That doesn’t seem like you. What made you decide to take on this role? I was interested in taking on this role as it is very different from King Naresuan. In the movie, I play Suea Fai, the infamous outlaw who commanded a large bandit group in the central region of Thailand. History has it that his people were exploited by the government so they decided to make money in their own way, which included robbing from the
What's the deal with... Twopee
Thai hip hop is experiencing a new high. It was part of the mainstream music scene 20 years before going underground to give way to the electronic genre, but now Thai hip hop, which has an affinity with rap music, has resurfaced following the trend in the global music scene. Like how it usually is in the world of entertainment, people come and go and then return. And this is where you see the real-deal artists, those who are capable of surviving change and the test of time. Twopee is one of those survivors. Starting out as one-half of Phuket-hailing rap duo Southside (formed with Freddy V who is now pursuing his studies), Twopee, or Pitawat Pruksakit outside of the music scene, has spent many years surfing the ups and downs of the Thai hip hop scene. One of his claims to fame include winning a respected rapping contest for two consecutive years, which led Twopee to becoming part of the Thaitanium family of hip hop artists. But it wasn’t until he become a coach on competition TV series The Rapper, that the talented musician became a national sensation. He was also one of the headliners at W Hotels’ global music event, Future Rising. After ten years in the music industry, Twopee is finally enjoying the height of his career and having the time of his life. He sits down with Time Out to look back and look forward. Sereechai Puttes/Time Out Bangkok How did you become a rapper? It started when I was about 13 or 14. Hip hop hit me so hard—Eminem’s music, especial
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