All those that know Uncle TK well should go and ‘warn’ him now. Yes, I mean Tunde Kelani, the film maker, the foremost African cinematographer and Yoruba socio-cultural icon and ambassador. He is looking for my trouble.
I sat down jeje in my house, trying to make sense of the issues amidst the uncertainties of life, when TK decides it is time to enliven the country with another audacious new movie production, and invites me to it!
Why me? I am very suspicious.
Ok, agreed that TK knows a great actor when he sees one. So, I understand his offer for me to appear in his movie again.
He knows about my first incursions into movies a long time ago. I acted in two ‘great’ movies that were never released. One was by Jaiye Ojo, and the other by a film maker I can’t recall now.
The third movie I acted in was one TK ‘tricked’ me into many years ago. He lured me by NOT telling I was NOT going to be the lead actor. He ordered me to come to Unilag, the location of filming, and made me spend an entire day memorizing very difficult few lines, over and over again. Filming my role as Dean of Faculty took so many repeats, I developed butterflies in my stomach.
When ‘Campus Queen’ was finally released I found out I was not the lead actor; that the main face on the posters all over the world was not mine; that my appearance was no more than one minute in the whole movie. Haba, TK, I thought I was the lead actor and that my acting talent shone so brightly that Kunle Afolayan, Femi Odugbemi, Tade Ogidan, Lancelot, and all the other great film makers would come scrambling for me offwring me roles n their movies.
Instead, up till now, nothing has happened o!!! It has been a silent as a graveyard yard in a horror movie. Na wa for this film business o.
Since then, I have been wondering what I did not do right. I almost lost all my confidence in my sheltered ability. Every time I challenged TK to explain to me why my appearance lasted only a few seconds in Campus Queen he goes into a fit of laughter, never answering my question.
Now I know. Hahahaha. He has been afraid that I would send many of his top actors i