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Competitive video gaming---known
as e-sports---should be included in the
Olympic Games, the creator of World
of Warcraft has told the BBC. Rob
Pardo, who until July was chief cre-
ative officer at Blizzard Entertain-
ment, said sport now had a broad
Professional e-sports events cur-
rently attract audiences of millions.
A recent major final held in Seoul,
South Korea, filled a stadium of
40,000 people---with many more
watching either online or at meet-ups
around the world.
"There s a very good argument for
e-sports being in the Olympics,"
Pardo, who was also lead designer on
Starcraft: Brood War, a game often
credited with kickstarting the e-
However, he conceded that video
gaming faces a cultural battle to win
over those who follow more physical
Even if e-sports were to be recog-
nised as an Olympic sport, that does
not mean it will be included in the
Games---it merely means a case can be
presented to the IOC. (BBC)
Video games should be in Olympics, says Warcraft maker
Renaldo Frederick remembers
standing on stage in the Palladium
Theatre playing the part of the pan-
man Goldteeth, who is about to
unveil a new pan with his panside
from Boomtown. As the Paladium
audience cheered for a pan side of
pimps called Red Army and jeered
for Goldteeth to "get off the stage".
Goldteeth looks up from his pan
and into the audience.
"It is my favourite scene in Pan!
Our Music Odyssey," says Frederick.
"After Boomtown played its piece
with a pan no one has ever heard,
I looked up, and I didn t see myself
at all. I saw someone who stood for
something, someone who was con-
fident and believed in what he did,
and it brought tears to my eyes.
Every actor tries to find his golden
scene. This was it for me. I knew
there was nothing else I could do;
nothing else I wanted to do in that
moment or in life."
Frederick is the talk of the town
these days. The 21-year-old actor
had the starring role in the docu-
drama Pan! Our Music Odyssey and
the starring role of David in a short
film called Flying the Coup. He
played David, a clueless police officer
who begins work the day of the 1990
coup. Both films became major hits
in the 2014 Trinidad Film Festival.
Flying the Coup won The People s
Choice for best short film.
Confident and poised; articulate,
talkative and funny, Renaldo exudes
talent, but that sense of stability that
he displays is a far cry from his early
"I grew up in all over Trinidad,"
For a time, he lived with his moth-
er, then his grandmother, Meryl
Mark, in in Arouca. Between eight
and 16, he lived in Malabar by his
father in Arima an operations man-
ager at WASA. At 16, he went back
to live with his mother, Reisa Mark.
"I had a strong personality. My
mom and I had a lot of arguments
about things I should do and about
responsibilities and privileges. I
decided not to stay by my mom. I
stayed by a teacher, then a friend.
It was chaotic."
One constant in Frederick s life
was school. He attended St Joseph
Boys RC up to Standard Four and
transferred to Christian Primary
Academy in Arima.
"In school, I liked presentations.
I sat in the back of the class to watch
what everyone did. I loved school."
At home, Frederick watched a lot
"TV contributed to my creative,
imaginative side. I liked cartoons
like Dexter s Laboratory and Discov-
ery Channel; shows about science
and animals, horror and comedy. I
like information. From TV, I had a
vast library to pull from when I began
acting---all kinds of colours, sounds,
Frederick topped the SEA exam
and headed for Trinity College. By
then, practically everyone was telling
him he should be a lawyer -- "...
because of the way I always spoke.
But that means I would have to be
in a courtroom or an office. I wanted
something active where I could relate
to people; something where I could
travel. I thought about tourism and
events management so I chose busi-
ness subjects in Form Three. My
favourite subject was Spanish. It
hurt me deep in my heart when I
got a Two in CXC."
Then came a life-changing expe-
rience: Shawn Smart, the drama
teacher at Trinity College East said,
"Hey, Renaldo, I m having an audi-
tion for the Secondary School Drama
Frederick got the minor part of
Portuguese Joe, in the play Man Bet-
ter Man by Errol Hill. He received
a Most Promising Actor award for
the part. The following year, 2010,
he acted in Dueling Voices by Zino
Constance, and received a Most
Outstanding Acting award and a
scholarship to go to the Trinidad
In Upper Six, he acted in the
Jamaican play, Two Can Play, along
with Chanel Glasgow "...the girl I
was always getting awards with. We
were so excited to do something with
a Jamaican accent."
One day, in a casual conversation
with his mother, Frederick learned
his mom was good friends with
Ernest "Che" Rodriguez, the film
director, writer and producer.
"Che and I automatically meshed.
He s like my second dad now. Che
involved me in a short film, The
Blood and the Bois by Sigmond
Cromwell, that got in the T&T Film
Festival. It was my first time acting
for a camera. I played the younger
version of Che s character.
In 2012, Che encouraged Frederick
to pursue film and theatre, and he
funded the young actor s initial start
at UWI in St. Augustine.
"I didn t know there was a major
like film," he says.
Again, he found happiness and
stability in school.
"My first year, I lived in Port of
Spain. The second year I started
living in a dorm in UWI. If I got
expelled from the dorm, I would
have nowhere to go. Everything is
in my little dorm room."
In April 2013, Frederick heard
about an audition for a young man,
who looked like a young Bob Marley
to play the part of a pan man for
the lead role of Goldteeth in Pan!
A Music Odyssey.
"They wanted a character unique
and not false. It was challenging.
At the opening in Globe Theatre, I
had butterflies and dragons in my
stomach. I worried about doing jus-
tice to this part."
He pulled off the role of Goldteeth
with a casual strength that was both
refreshing and memorable. He
proved his versatility with the comic
roles of David and as Weed Guy, a
role he played this year in the Hol-
lywood comedy movie Girlfriend s
Getaway directed by Roger Bobb.
Frederick is currently employed
with The National Theatre Arts
Company of T&T in the Division of
Culture under The Ministry of Arts
"We re training in dance, music
and acting bringing everyone in the
programme to become a triple threat
in the theatre realm," he says.
No doubt, Renaldo Frederick will
become a triple threat as his star
rises in local and international film.
A hot, young star on the rise
Renaldo Frederick, seen
here in a scene from
Pan! Our Music Odyssey,
is one of T&T's bright
young acting talents.
Frederick pulled off the
role of Goldteeth in Pan!
with a casual strength
that was both refreshing
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