Femi Adebayo, a Nollywood actor, has revealed that his job has driven him to do strange things including assaulting his own father.
Adebayo, the son of famous actor Adebayo Salami aka Oga Bello, told Punch Newspaper’s Sunday Scoop that he has had to perform fantastic parts and then apologize for them.
“I’ve been given scripts where I have to slap my father on set and I have to do it as an actor,” he remarked. He’s slapped me on stage far too many times. When we’re playing, I don’t think of him as my father; I think of him as a colleague, and we have to be extremely good at interpreting our roles. He is my industry’s boss and the person who trained me. When I see a bigger actor or someone who looks like him on set, he has taught me not to be afraid. However, when the director arrives,says stop, I prostrate to him and apologise.”
Adebayo also addressed the Yoruba-English film difference in Nigeria’s film business, claiming that English film performers are likely to earn more money than their Yoruba counterparts since their films appeal to a bigger audience. “We can’t expect a Yoruba film to have the same audience as an English film,” he remarked. Yoruba people make up the majority of Yoruba movie lovers. As a result of this, English-language films make more money since they have a larger market. However, I have no regrets about being a Yoruba actor. We have a lot of Yoruba actors that are very comfortable in their skin, and Yoruba actors are more well-liked outside of their native land than English actors. We’re getting a lot of positive feedback from our fans.”