Stop linking characters we play to our personalities – Actors plead

Some Ghanaian actors have described as unfair the negative perceptions the public have about them due to the characters they play in movies.

According to them, people perceive that the characters they play in movies are their real lives and therefore treat them as such.

This comes after popular Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu, who is well known for playing “wicked” roles in movies, revealed that the negative reaction of fans towards his wicked roles is what actually led him into acting comic roles.

Some Ghanaian actors recounted what they term as their unpleasant experience on Daybreak Hitz (Showbiz Review) on Hitz FM.

Veteran actor Abeiku Seigo admitted that the roles he plays have had serious effects on his private life.

He said that he was verbally attacked by some young men at a wedding reception in the early 2000s over a character he played as strict father who over protected his daughter in the movie ‘Cry for Love’.

“I was the lead cast in the movie and I was very stern on Omar Sherrif who was chasing my daughter Linda Quarshiga. Two weeks after the film was released, I went for a wedding reception and two guys saw me, one of them said ‘this man annoys me so much, he is wicked. What kind of a father is this’,” Abieku recounted.

He wondered why people react to actors as if the characters they play in movies are their real lives. He said the situation is worse, especially when one plays a particular role for a long time in a running series.

Award winning actor Prince David Osei also shared a bitter experience he endured in London.

“I travelled to London with my cousin and tried to go into a lady’s house and she refused to let me in because she said I am mean and wicked but she allowed my cousin in,” he narrated.

It was when I started talking that she realised that I was different from what she perceived me to be and allowed me in.

She later confessed, saying that “You are so mean and wicked on TV but I have noticed that you are far different from that.”

Kumawood actor Bill Asamoah also said that he went to MC an occasion about a year ago and he remembers that a young man walked to him and openly said that he used to hate him but after seeing him MC the show, he has changed his mind.

He said that the young man had watched a movie titled “Danfo Pa” and in the movie “I disclosed my friend’s secret to my girlfriend so after watching the movie he perceived me to be not trust worthy.”

“I explained to him my job doesn’t depict who I really am but because I am a professional actor I have to do what I am directed to do which he understood,” he revealed.

The actors, after sharing the humiliation they have endured, appealed to the public to decouple the characters they play from their personal lives.

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