Richard Mofe Damijo reflects on the period that people thought he was ill

Those who started acting few years ago have been able to boast of having featured in not less than 100 movies but veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo said he has yet to clock that number in his 32 years as an actor.
 “I have not achieved half of what I want to; I still hope to do better films. The roles are never finished and in spite of all you think I have done, I have not featured in up to 100 movies. I have been in this profession for about 32 years but I still have not done up to 100 movies. Actors do not retire; we keep working until we drop. I am not tilting towards modelling; I only made a joke on my Instagram page. As an actor, you are a model anyway.”
And while chatting with Saturday Beats, the actor also talked about his health which got a lot of people talking some time ago with some people claiming the actor was down with a terminal disease.
 But RMD said it was his choice to have such looks as he wanted to shed off some weight for a movie he was shooting then.
Talking about the project, Oloibiri,  RMD said the movie sheds light on the degradation happening in the Niger Delta, and he played the role of Gunpowder, the leader of the militants.
RMD told Saturday Beats that to fit the role, he had to shed over 20kg.
“I lost weight for the movie. At the time the movie was shot, I had to lose at least 20kg. Before we began to shoot the movie, I was weighing 120kg but by time we were shooting the movie, I weighed about 98kg. It was during that period that people thought I was ill. I did not say anything because it was not their business. It is the same people who said I looked sickly that are now saying that I am looking young and fine. If you answer everything that people say about you, you will not progress.
“I am from the Niger-Delta and I understand the level of degradation going on in my region. I was the commissioner for culture and tourism and what I did mostly was to try as much as possible to get young people into the arts and away from militancy. I did a lot of talent hunt show just to get them occupied. I took time off to do the movie and it was in the latter days of my service as a commissioner that the movie was shot. We used real guns but blank bullets for the movie. It is not true that Nollywood only uses fake guns for their projects; it is the level of your production that would determine the type of props you use. It would just cost more money to use the real deal.”


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