It is wrong to label me a ‘bad boy actor’ —Mike Ezuronye
Known for his ability to evoke emotions and unseen feelings behind the screen and in reality, Nollwood actor, Mike Ezuronye, definitely knows his craft. The Nollywood actor, who just ventured into movie production revealed to JOAN OMIONAWELE, his life as an actor, personal details, among other issues. Excerpts
You are known for your roles as a handsome prince and a bad boy, but you just produced a comedy film by yourself. What prompted you to do comedy?
First of all, I would want to disagree with you saying everyone knows me as a fine prince. Although that is your opinion, I’ll say I have been able to show my versatility, some people have seen me show comic acts as well, but not as much as it was showcased in my latest film. The truth is I’ll like to challenge myself and I looked at presenting myself as a bridge for West Africa and so I chose West Africa and one of the best genre’s to choose will be comedy and that’s why I wrote Brother Jeku and produced it myself.
Is this your first lone production?
Yes it is, we just concluded the premiere, it will hit the cinemas on 2nd December and it will show all through Christmas.
What were the challenges you faced all though this production?
There were certain logistics issues, but I had a good team, We had to go to Kenya for some scenes because it is a Nigerian Kenyan collaboration and I went with a 14-man crew from Owerri to Lagos, then to Kenya. It wasn’t too much of an easy task managing a 14-man crew, but we scaled through because everybody I chose were specifically handpicked professionals, I have been in the industry and I envisaged whatever was going to come out of it, so we got a good product for Africa to be proud of.
The nation is experiencing one of the biggest economic recessions in its history. Is it affecting you?
E reach everybody side now. Right now, its very apt to say that the rich also cry; everyone is feeling the pinch but the truth is, we all have to look inwards.and see what you can generate locally and that could help feel the vacuum that recession has created.
What has been your craziest moment as an actor?
Being mobbed is one of it, but I think it’s because I don’t go our much, so people don’t see me too much.
Why don’t you go out much, are you camera shy?
I don’t really know… maybe I’m dodging from people like you (laughs) But jokes apart, I’m more of a home person, I’m the kind of guy who loves to be at home and do my own thing, But I like to keep the mystique going.
What would you say fatherhood has changed about you?
It makes you know you are responsible and a better role model because you are not just living your life for only you anymore, as little ones are watching
If you could turn back the hands of time, what would you change about yourself?
Let’s just say if I knew what I know now, I would have wanted to go back to my teenage years. But right now I have course to thank God for how I turned out,
Would you say Nollywood has metamorphosed or we are still in one spot?
We are growing and our viewership has gone beyond Nigeria. We are growing and for me to take this kind of job and move with a 14-man crew outside the country, shows you that it is worth it. We want to be viewed and staged better; our productions and technical know-hows are staged better, So we are growing and we need our viewers to be patient with us.