Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 19th 2015 Contents I'm led to the green room for the
set, a lavishly appointed living
room with chairs so handsome
they seem to defy the brazen
presence of my behind in daring
to rest on them.
But everyone else is sitting
down, so I do, and begin to angle
for my first conversation of the
morning, with Staz Mair, cast as
the unfortunate Bharat, who
must face down the awesome
horning power of the Monk
Monte, Machel Montano.
A startlingly handsome mix of
Indian and Russian parentage,
Mair has been gifted with a
sculpted face that's model ready
and a full head of thick black hair.
Despite that, he's spent most
of his life in London as a singer
and songwriter, beginning
professionally at 17.
He plays the piano well,
serenading the waiting actors
with snippets from popular
songs and charming a little girl
who sits close to him taking the
keyboarding lessons one
suspects several of the young
ladies on the sit wish they had
the time for.
It's almost a little cruel to
quickly realise that the
handsome Mair is also a bit of a
stand-up guy, self-deprecating
"Well," he says as we sit down,
"I love experiencing new
cultures...and I'm a dog person."
He looks at my dumbfounded
expression then explodes with
"I'm kidding you!"
Clearly he's sat through more
than a few star struck
interviewers already and is game
for something a little less giddy.
He's also taken with Montano's
work as a musician, finally
catching him in performance at
Fantasy on the weekend.
"Oh Machel is a captivating
performer," he says, "nothing like
what I've been doing, but the
energy of it!"
"There's definitely a connection
between music and acting, and
that's why I think he's doing so
well with it."
Mair has been working on the
film since December, working for
three weeks before returning to
work in January.
"It's been two and a half
months for me, but the creative
team has been working on the
film for years, so getting a
chance to be part of this is a
The T&T Guardian sent Mark Lyn-
dersay on a mission to capture some
of the happenings taking place on
the set of the movie Scandalous,
starring soca star Machel Montano
and British star Staz Mair. Here are
There s something big happening
on this quiet street in St Clair.
On the road outside the lavish
home are more than a dozen bamboo
chairs spray painted gold standing
next to a massive mobile crane.
So it s either a film set, or, because
it s mid-January in Trinidad, an
upscale Carnival party.
As it turns out, it s a bit of both.
The film crew for the movie Scan-
dalous have taken over the home of
restaurateur Jenny Sharma to film a
lavish engagement party and as I
walk past the ice blue pool and up
the steps to find a contact point, the
first person to hail me out is a young
man I don t quite recognise.
Mark Belix is carefully wrapping
cutlery into vivid red cloth and
reminds me of a photographic sem-
inar I worked on with his parents
two decades ago.
We smile, banter a bit and laugh
before he gets back to his work, one
small bit of the detail drudgery and
controlled chaos that lies behind the
success of any film production.
Buzzing around are other elements
of the details in process. Actress
Pauline Mark is getting her hair done,
carefully stretched out and stroked,
and the cinematographer is wrestling
a digital Arriflex camera onto a mount
on a rolling cart that s covered with
wires, grip equipment and other bits
and pieces of the trade.
The home is covered in prophy-
lactic cardboard. Full size statues
stand wrapped with tall slabs of the
Actor Staz Mair plays Bharat in
the film Scandalous.
Machel Montano, who plays Lee in Scandalous, sits for makeup by Nina
Light, camera, action...
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The door is firmly shut to Bill Cosby's
return to NBC, the network's top
entertainment executive said Friday.
"That's safe to say," NBC
Entertainment Chairman Bob
Greenblatt said Friday when asked if
the network would ever again do a
project with Cosby, who 30 years ago
was the sitcom king with the network's
The Cosby Show.
NBC's decision to sever ties with the
77-year-old comedian comes in the
wake of multiple allegations of sexual
assault against him, two lawsuits and a
complaint to Los Angeles police earlier
this week from a woman who says the
comedian sexually abused her in 2008.
During a question and answer
session with the Television Critics
Association, Greenblatt said: "Fifteen
women came out and accused him of
what they accused him of," Greenblatt
said. Although Cosby hasn't been
proven guilty of anything, "when that
many people come out and have such
similar complaints, it became a tainted
NBC firmly shuts door on Bill Cosby
Crew prepare the cameras and
grip gear for the day's shooting.
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