Nollywood actor Tope Tedela who just finished his first project as a movie producer speaks with Adewoyin Adeniyi of The Nation about his recent role in the movie King Invincible, relationship and other issues.
YOU started the New Year quite well with King Invincible. How is the movie doing in cinemas?
I am really grateful about the how year started. King Invincible has been getting a lot of positive feedback and that is really heart-warming.
You’ve been getting accolades for your role in the movie, how does that make you feel?
I am definitely grateful about the fact that a lot of people received my performance and the film as a whole positively. It makes me look back at the hard work we put into making the film and smile at the fact that it was worth it.
As an actor who has blessed other people’s works with your acting skills, when should your fans be expecting your own movie? Or are you not thinking of going into movie production?
I have been interested in producing for a bit but two friends, Paul Utomi and Vanessa Nzediegwu, encouraged me to take the plunge some months ago. Together we produced What Lies Within, which will be in cinemas around the country this year. Making What Lies Within opened my eyes more to seeing how things work behind the camera. Producing is a part of the film business I also enjoy and there would be more to come.
As a Yoruba man, have you ever considered acting in the Yoruba sector of Nollywood?
I am an actor and that is the fundamental identity that I have. Great work can come from anywhere, whether it is in Efik, Hausa or Egun. I am open to working in different languages and parts of the country and the world.
It is said that the English-speaking sector of Nollywood rakes in more money than the Yoruba sector; what’s your take on this?
Unfortunately, I am not an authority on that matter so I really cannot say much.
Who would you always like to be paired with in movie roles?
Everyone brings something unique to the table and it would be a disservice to not experience the abundance of talent that litters the industry.
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