CELEBRITY GIST — Nollywood actor, Sam Anyamele, who never thought acting would become his primary means of livelihood someday, have come out to say people get roles based on their looks in Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry. True or false?
Like most people, Sam Anyamele admits he was lured into acting by the prospect of getting rich, becoming famous and enjoying a glamorous lifestyle. But he did not get a break until he joined the cast of Wale Adenuga’s Superstory.
Ayamele was on the set of a new movie in Lagos last week. The film, tentatively titled, Mistake of a Night, is currently in the post-production stage.
The actor had to squeeze out time from his tight schedule as a postgraduate student and graduate assistant at the University of Lagos, Akoka Campus to do this.
In an interview with PUNCH, Sam Anyamele explained why he decided to stay off the screen for a while and go back to school; while also suggesting that people were given movie roles based on their looks.
In his words:
“I have always thought about the next phase of life. So when I discovered in Nollywood that decisions were generally driven by sentiments and prospective actors were given roles on a movie simply on the basis of their looks, I decided that it was not the kind of place I should depend on for the rest of my life. As a pragmatic Nigerian, I had to think seriously about doing other things,” he said.
Share your thoughts on Nollywood Community: Do you support or oppose the notion that in Nollywood, people are given movie roles based on their looks?
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