Charles appears to have had enough of the backstage drama in the make-believe profession, as seen by his outburst.
Charles Awurum, a veteran actor, has slammed several Nollywood blunders, calling for ‘quacks’ to be removed from Africa’s top film industry in order for it to stand apart.
The humorous actor claimed that some actors and actresses now buy the roles they want to play even when they are unable to fulfill, pointing out some of the industry’s malpractices. He further said that some people enter the sector to engage in prostitution. The actor from Lockdown lamented:
“These are the things you see that make you want to stay away from every production.” They also use out-of-date cameras, which results in low-quality work.”
These comments were made by the seasoned actor while discussing with The Punch about his early years and acting career.
In response to a query on the industry’s issues and the industry’s alleged lack of technological know-how, Charles said:
“I didn’t claim money was the sole problem; I stated it was one of the causes that contributed to the industry’s demise. Most people believe that once they get into the industry, everything will fall into place. They do not devote sufficient time to learning the technical aspects of the profession, particularly production. They desire to be this and that, despite their inability to act.
Some people come to pay for the show and do other things simply to get their way and gain the celebrity they desire.
“I didn’t claim money was the sole problem; I stated it was one of the causes that contributed to the industry’s demise. Most people enter the profession with the mindset that everyone is there for different reasons — some for fame, some for money, and none of them care about the quality of work they produce. Some are there for the women, while others are there to build a name for themselves so they can move on to other things and make their own place in the world. Some are there for prostitution, while others are there for reasons only they know about.
You make it happen when you’re in an industry for the sake of the industry, but you wouldn’t do it if you were there for other reasons. When you first enter the industry, you are there to establish a name for yourself and achieve a goal in that industry, not to go out and hunt for women or perform other non-essential tasks.
Some people enter the industry without any skill or desire to learn. They’re only there to claim that they’re in the film business and that they’re ruining it.
To gain an advantage, some people even buy the parts they want to play, flaunt their wealth with flashy cars, and send gifts to producers.
You’ll encounter a lead actor who can’t deliver a scene in a film and makes things difficult for everyone else involved in the production. Even if they strive for days to shoot just one scene, the producers will not want to alter the cast because the individual has been kind to them. Nowadays, some actors even sell their parts. These are the types of things you’ll see that will make you want to avoid participating in any future productions.
This is what is happening there, and due to a shortage of funds, they are also using outdated cameras, resulting in low-quality work. However, there are still good films, and until those quacks are removed, Nigeria’s film industry will continue to be viewed as one that doesn’t know what it’s doing.”