Joivan Wade co-creator of ‘Mandem on the Wall’ talks about his role in Hollywood hit film, The First Purge

BY CALUM FRASER
calum@slpmedia.co.uk

A Lewisham actor  in Hollywood horror hit film The First Purge says there would be a north-south divide if a purge was to happen in London. (pictured above with Larrington Walker and Lenny Henry)

Joivan Wade, who has previously starred in Doctor Who, plays Isaiah in the latest installment of the American horror franchise that imagines a grim future where every year there is a 12-hour period during which all crime, including murder, is legal.

“Lewisham would be mad,” Mr Wade said. “I feel like Lewisham shopping centre would just be uproar. It wouldn’t be a pleasant place to be.

But at the same time, I feel like New Cross would probably back Lewisham [district] — and Catford probably as well.

“And then in that instance, you might see a North London-South London type thing. “At some point, someone’s gotta come together and you would just like to hope that Catford and New Cross would back Lewisham.”

The Purge series has grossed more than $329 million in the worldwide box office against a combined budget of $37 million. Mr Wade, who was born and bred in Lewisham, was speaking to the entertainment site Fandom ahead of the release of The First Purge.

It is a prequel depicting the origins of the first annual “Purge”.

Talking about what it would be like if Britain were to undergo the Purge experiment, he said: “A lot of teacups smashed up. Because we love to do that. I’m a big tea drinker. “But I do feel like a purge in England would be very similar to a purge in America, to be honest.

There would be a political reason as to why it’s being done. Whether it be Brexit, or whatever it is that people want to purge about. But people are people.”

Mr Wade, 24, first came to public attention when he co-created the YouTube show Mandem on the Wall.

The show is based on the gags and jokes he and his mates would tell when sitting on a wall in South London. The First Purge is now out in cinemas now.


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