Cape Town actor makes waves with Halle Berry
Up-and-coming actor Luke Tyler is quietly, and literally making waves in the movie industry.
Appearing in a notable list of movies such as Sleeper's Wake Dredd 3D, as well as the dark thriller, Chronicle, Tyler notches another highlight as he stars alongside award-winning actress, Halle Berry, in his latest thriller romp, Dark Tide.
The film was in part shot in Cape Town’s scenic False Bay and Simon's Town and follows the life of beautiful yet tormented Kate Mathieson. Played by Halle Berry, Mathieson was once a renowned shark naturalist, who is compelled to face her inner demons after the tragic death of her mentor.
Tyler, a veritable heartthrob with his James Dean-esque looks, describes the experience as incredible. After auditioning against lots of other guys just before the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Tyler said he was so excited when he received THAT call shortly after the World Cup was over.
“I've learnt SO much from all the cast,” Tyler says, “Halle in particular was always generous with advice and really led by example. Whether she was sick, hurt or just plain tired, she never missed a cue. Her professionalism coupled with her grace and great sense of humor made every day a pleasure.”
Tyler plays Luke Brady, the mild mannered and seemingly introverted son of the brash and rather caustic William Brady, the film’s antagonist.
Tyler says of his character: “He is one of 7 children that his father has with various women all over the world. He doesn't know his father very well but still feels the pressure to impress him and get validation.”
“It was such an amazing journey to be able to watch the character develop and begin to truly understand him through the filming process,” Tyler says of the experience, “I also got to film in the most amazing places with this character, from beautiful Simons Town to the acclaimed Pinewood Studios in London - it was a blast!”
Despite the mixed reviews, Tyler is confident that the audience will walk away from the movie with an awe inspiring appreciation of just how beautiful the Cape Coastline is.
“Sharks are intriguing all on their own but this film makes them that much more enticing because you begin to realise just how misunderstood and fascinating they are,” he says.
Tyler, who calls Cape Town home, says filming Dark Tide has been a real wake-up call to all the amazing parts of the coast he previously took for granted. He says it was a pleasure to film in the Mother City where the industry is booming and the professional standards rival those of the best in the world.
As far his favourite shark movie of all time, Tyler snickers: “I'll always side with a classic - JAWS has got to be my all time favourite!”