Ngozi Ezeonu and Chiwetalu Agu on the set of a movie.
the thespian said: “I was always given roles of a wicked man and I got to understand that most of my fans were not pleased with it. Some of them felt it was something real, and the consequence was that whenever I stepped out in public, I was caught in embarrassing situations. I then decided to be infusing comic relief even when I’m playing wicked characters because I’m a veteran screen writer.”
Agu, who started doing television as far back as the early 80s at NTA Enugu, said he had to combine the roles he was given with comedy so as to douse the effects on screen, help people laugh and relax as a result.
Revealing how much his fans had reacted to his roles in movies, the actor said they had done daring things to him.
He spoke further: “Some of their actions look like attacks, but with my experience as an entertainer, I will say I saw all that coming, so I was able to manage all of them very well.”
Regardless of how prepared he has been some actions still take him off balance.
He recounted one of them thus: “one day, while I was on Onitsha ‘Head Bridge’ on my way to Asaba, there was this traffic snarl that made us come out of the car. One fan came to hail me and slap me on the shoulder in the course of appraising my unique style of acting. Some other persons cautioned him, and he fired back by saying, ‘Don’t you know this man is my all-in-all? He makes me happy; whenever I’m not happy, I just slot in his movie, and I become happy.’ That was an embarrassing incident, but I saw it coming because that was the period I was playing evil diabolical roles.”
But there are positives to the fame. It isn’t all about harsh reactions from fans. The actor said he has also managed to touch lives through his movies.
He said: “I also touch lives, because sometimes when we shoot movies, it’s like we’re telling some people’s life story. You know, talking about what happens in various families where wicked uncles deal with their nephews and things like that. But like I said earlier, I thank God that I have found a way of getting people to laugh at the same time they watch me play wicked roles.”
The actor also addressed the issue of a viral picture with him touching actress Anita Joseph’s breasts. He said it was all make-believe.
“They are my daughters. It was a story, and we were playing our roles. Maybe you didn’t have time to watch that movie to understand what was going on. The main character in that movie was Ini Edo who was rascally, and more of a tom-boy. If she fought with my daughters, she would defeat them, so I did everything to prepare strong grounds for them to overpower her, but it wasn’t possible. So I said since that failed, let’s look for another way to prepare them to live their lives, so that any suitor who sees them will fall in love and marry them. That way, they will be useful since they failed in fighting a common enemy. The scene that went viral was where I was dressing them up for a burial ceremony that was coming up where I expected men to see them, and to find them attractive enough to take as wives. You know women’s bust plays a very big role in attracting any man who comes as a suitor, but people who wanted sensation made the picture go viral to sell their media. If I tell you now that I help some children in the motherless baby’s home, it may not be as sensational as when they say that I raped a minor,” he said.
Chiwetalu Agu is a 56-year-old Nollywood actor who is renowned for his comedy roles in movies.
He is a seasoned actor and has won multi awards till date. He starred in the 1986 classic, Things Fall Apart, and has been consistent ever since
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