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Discussion in 'AFRICAN MOVIE STARS' started by gorgeous70, Nov 19, 2003.
Where you dey post the interview Khamileon? Keep us posted.
It never ceases to amaze me when people complain about the lack of good actors in Nigeria, the whole gimmick of one expression for all emotions and all the other things that people complain about.
The sad thing is that there are many good actors in Nigeria. Well, trained actors who have horned their skills while studying and learning on the field under skillful and dedicated directors who do not accept anything less than perfect from their actors. I know many of those actors and I respect their knowledge and interpretation of scripts every time.
So what is the problem you ask?.The problem is that a good actor knows that you need time to read a script, digest and interpret the script before you can go in front of a camera. The more you understand your character and what makes the character tick the better your interpretation of the script will be and ultimately the better you will act because you will really not be acting, just living the character that you are meant to be in the script. A good actor works well with a good director to bring out the best in a script. A good actor knows ad-libbing is permissible but not mandatory in acting. A good actor knows that bad actors make good actors look bad and so picks the movies to star in so as to preserve the image and dignity of the trade.
The problem also comes down to money, $$$$, Naira. Good actors demand a good pay and so directors will rather go for cheap labor that is readily available and settle for mediocre acting rather than pay for the good actors to star in the movie.
I studied acting in the university in Nigeria with some very talented actors and it pains me when I see how actors massacre a role that I know for a fact can be done better. I also see some of my friends in plays that showcase only an iota of their acting capabilities and honestly it makes me mad.
I remember those days when we were learning the trade at the National theater under directors like Bassey ???? (i forget his name now, this old age sef),I remember Ajo productions and i know Sola remembers Efuru.I remember Sam Loco,Mike Odiachi,Segun Aina,Ayo Mogaji,Vivian Ananaba, and others that I cannot even remember their names right now but their faces are engraved in my memory.
I know that Prof. Ola Rotimi Of blessed memory would turn in his grave if he heard that we do not have good actors in Nigeria because he trained a whole bunch of fantastic actors that are there for the picking first at University of Ife and while he was the head of the Theater Arts dept. at University of Port- Harcourt. Hilda Dokubo,Bob Manuel Odogwu,Timi Zuofa, Gogo Ombo,Soibefa Dokubo,the writer of this piece (make una count me too) and many others out there are some of those who benefited from his experience and I must say we all learnt well.
The challenge is this, get good actors, get a good script, written by a good writer directed by a clear headed and insightful director, with help from a brilliant set and costume designer and support from all the other arms that make a good production. Put that play on stage (that is the main test of a good actor) or movie and see what Nigeria has to offer. Trust me, there are good actors there and they will prove themselves someday.
I rest my case.
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That's Bassey Effiong, Buky.
What about competent directors?How can our actors flourish under all these "papapa" directors(as Sola says it is called downtown)who rush through shoots in 3-4-5 days.I don't think actors are our problem.More having directors that can mobilise well these actors to bring the best performance out of them.These takes time and not all these mad rush culture that dominates the video scene at the moment.Whatever the reasons for all these mad rush culture,it is just plain wrong and unprofessional.
I've seen a lot of Chico Ejiro's flicks and i will have to say that he is prolific because of the large number of movies that he makes,but that doesn't have to be a good thing.It is not how many,but how good.
The thing about Chico,is that he is consistently inconsistent as far as the quality of his flicks are concerned.He fluctuates wildly from making a sublime movie to absolutely godawful one.You never know what to expect from him,and this is in consistency to a quantity merchant like him.
The very first naija video movie that i bought with my money was a movie made by him(Full moon).Apart from a well choreographed dance sequence(which was the only highlight of the movie),the rest was just awful.The acting,the dialogue and especially the special effects were just ridiculous.
There is no doubt that he is talented but he is using his talent wrongly by becoming a quantity merchant,at least in my opinion.
Am sure Nigeria has a few good Actors
...but where are they? Most of the actors I've seen clone one another...all those hand gestures and loud screams with ahdns on their heads does'nt cut it....furnish us with skill and talent...then we can all put our views to rest!
Re: Am sure Nigeria has a few good Actors
They are not being casted.Have you not noticed how few actors circulate around sooo many movies.More efforts need to be invested in bringing out hot nes acting talents.
Moreover there are not so many directors out there who can bring out the best in all these actors,not to talk of good scripts.
We have tons of excellent actors and actresses waiting in the wings to be discovered by people with a little bit of courage,believe me.
It is not the filmmaker's problem to discover new talent. He makes movies, that's all, movies that will make him money. If it introduces one or two people, great.
That is true,although i wish they would.Who is responsible for such a thing in naija anyway?We need fresh new talents time and time again.
Why circulate the same old faces over and over again.
Cos they deliver the audience :D