In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 08th, August, 2020

Homosexuality Has Displaced S*x-For-Position In Nollywood

Homosexuality Has Displaced S*x-For-Role In Nollywood

Chris Bassey

Christopher Etim Bassey

Christopher Etim Bassey aka Chris Bassey is an all-rounder. He’s an actor, author and director.

The Cross River State-born thespian, who just lately added ‘politician’ to his resume, believes that the excessive charge of homosexuality in Nollywood has consigned sex-for-role to the background. On this interview, Bassey talks extra on this and different points.

How lengthy have you ever been within the leisure trade?  

I’ve been on and off the trade, and never on full time foundation. However in between all these, I’ve been within the trade for 5 years.

What are the works that you simply suppose stand you out?

As an actor, I’ve over 30 motion pictures to my credit score. As a director, I have 5 productions and as a producer, I’ve solely three motion pictures to my credit score.

Which of those works is more difficult?

The tougher are those I did as a producer and director, as a result of as a producer, you’re given the duty to complete a manufacturing and presumably be certain that all the things goes effectively, as a result of after manufacturing, the most disturbing half is the post-production. An actor will accumulate cash to do a job and that’s it, they don’t know the stress you undergo whereas modifying and making an attempt to print the posters, promote or presumably take the film to tv stations and cable channels, after which to the market. So, being a producer is more difficult, however it’s enjoyable as effectively.

What was your attraction to appearing? 

I by no means cherished appearing; I began as a author. However I believe in 2012, Charles Inoje stated, ‘Chris you may have the face to behave. You’re a good author however you may as well act’. I stated ‘Oga, this appearing wahala self, I’ve tried it earlier than but it surely didn’t work for me’. However then I made a decision to offer it one other strive, and that was how it began.

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What was your first film? 

My first film was Grasp of the Sport. That was in 2004 earlier than I took a break for like 5 years after I travelled in a foreign country.

What have been the challenges you confronted while you began?

For my first film, I needed to stroll from Costain to the Nationwide Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, and from there, I trekked to Cele bus cease. And guess what, it was only for one scene. However on the finish of the day, I was very completely satisfied that I lastly made it to appearing. I keep in mind every time I went to the Nationwide Theatre for auditions and there was no function, I felt sad. So, I made a decision to register in knowledgeable faculty, Academy of Dramatic Arts and Music to whereas away time. However then it didn’t work out as a result of I used to be very quick and thin and they’d say ‘you’re very small for this function’. After I couldn’t get it the way in which I needed, I took a break. However alternative got here for me to journey, and the remaining is historical past.

What impression would you say you’ve made within the trade? 

I keep in mind after I used to beg for roles, and I’d name this manufacturing supervisor, this producer and that director, and they’d say, ‘oh you didn’t name me earlier’. Some would even ignore my calls however after I began producing, I noticed the stress they have been going via and I noticed the explanation why a few of them didn’t give me roles then. It was as a result of they’d rather a lot on their plates. However what I attempted to do was to accommodate the little I may, those who I knew fitted these roles as a result of 80 per cent of jobs I’ve directed up to now, I wrote the scripts. Additionally, 70 per cent of the roles I’ve executed, I didn’t do them on man-know-man foundation; I all the time made positive they went via audition course of. I didn’t do desk casting as a result of I believed everybody should benefit a task.

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Some actresses complain of sex-for-role, are actors additionally having the identical drawback?

The trade will not be the way in which it was once as a result of now the speed folks interact in homosexuality is just too excessive. However then, when a girl presents herself to a person and say ‘I would like you to assist me, that is what I can do’. There’s a means a girl will current herself and the person will hearken to her, however not while you need a function or somebody that will help you, you’re going the opposite means spherical. Sure, sex-for-role occurred in these days, however I imagine not anymore. Gone are the times while you needed to sleep with somebody to get a task, it doesn’t occur once more. Even when it does, the proportion could be very, very low. Today, you may have administrators which have their very own academies, they need folks to register below them and presumably from there, they will get roles. So, I don’t suppose sex-for-role remains to be taking place.

Most Nigerians imagine that among the belongings you folks do in motion pictures have non secular undertone, how do you take care of these?

I’m from a really, very non secular household; non secular within the sense that my father was a standard ruler, so at any time when I do a film, I’m all the time cautious about something that has to do with graveyard, shrine, and mystical issues. I attempt to keep away from it and that’s the reason I stick with modern comedy. I usually get such invites, ‘oh, your bears, I want your bears’, however I decline this rather a lot as a result of I do know the place I come from, and the repercussion. And on the subject of roles, I’m very selective. Like I all the time say, I’m not a determined actor; I do plenty of issues that convey meals on my desk.

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Is it true that your state authorities gave you appointment? 

My state governor, Professor Ben Ayade appointed me as a member of the Cross River State Leisure Board. We’ve been tasked to make the film trade in Cross River State referred to as Callywood envious to all. Shan George is the chairman of the Board. What I’m making an attempt to do is to contribute my quota to make Calabar, the Cross River State capital, not simply identified for carnival but additionally for something that has to do with leisure and tourism. Within the final two to a few years, I’ve taken about three productions to Calabar and this has benefited the up and coming actors.

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