Sunday 6 June 2010
First Malay actor in a Hollywood movie. From THE SPIRAL ROAD (1962)
Ibrahim Pendek (1932-2003) was in over 30 movies. The best of them, like Ali Baba Bujang Lapok, Hantu Jerangkung, and Anakku Sazali never made a big deal about his height :-)
When I saw him at a Finas function sometime in the 1990s, he was still very happy to talk about the month he spent in Hollywood, and it's not just because of the annual royalty cheques he got.
Three other points of interest:
1. As this film was shot in LA, did the rest of the team know what he was saying in his Malay dialogue? It's not subtitled, and is therefore meant to sound 'nonsensical' to its target audience.
2. The reason for Rock Hudson not being interested in a pretty woman is now quite clear, in retrospect.
3. He's not the only actor in the book to have a self-explanatory stage name. There's also Zainal Gemok.