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Jobs Scarce In Nollywood Now—Funsho Adeolu Cries Out

Source: Nathan Nathaniel Ekpo/Nigeriafilms.com
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Nolywood actor, Funso Adeolu, in an exclusive interview with Nollywoodgists.com disclosed that acting has not really being paying much bills as it use to be before but for the passion for the craft, his likes are still getting few scripts around.

The actor, who in his opinion described some celebs who flaunt their wealth on social media as fakes also pointed that such actions brings no good rather it endangers the lives of such persons involved because men of the underworld might want to come for them.

Excerpts below;

You are a screen darling of note but for sometime now your face has been scarce, what has has been happening?

Well, you are right, seriously the jobs are not like the way it use to be, though I have been moving from one location to the other but the roles are not just coming and we need to do something about it.

Aside acting, what else do you have as another means of survival?

I'm into entertainment generally that is really my calling apart from that I'm a church person.

How does your family cope with your long absence from home?

Ah, that is why she is my wife now, she is suppose to take care of the home while I go outside to make money but anytime I am less busy, I am always at home. Like now, I have been at home for some days now and I play with my kids.

How were you able to convince her to marry you?

She met me as an entertainer and she was behind the camera too and so we became friends for eight years and we were doing it together (acting) behind the camera and she was a welfare manager, continuity person and that was how it started and here we are.

You said you are a Black belt holder in Taekwondo, do you fight?

No, I don't fight. If are really trained as a Taekwondo person, you don't fight it's suppose to be in self defense and for entertainment and I have not had any cause to defend myself because nobody is attacking me. But I still train till date just to make myself flexible and I do that in my house not that I go to stadium to do that.

How about your kids, anyone towing the same line as their dad in entertainment?

Yeah, my first son is towing that line somehow but I just feel when he gets to a particular age that is when he can decide for himself right now, I know he likes to act, he does it in school, he plays instruments in school and he is a Taekwondo person too.

You have been in the industry for some time now and have seen a lot, what is your opinion about s3x for movie roles?

Well, s3x is an intimate thing and it shouldn't come into whether you want to act or not but looking at it, you cannot do without that in Nigeria, everywhere in the world it happens in every industry but if you know what if you are skilled and you have something to show, then nobody will tell you until I have s3x with you before you can get a job. Because if you are seated on table of panel and others don't like you, someone else will see the skills in you and pick you. So I'm just saying that if you go to the right place, people will see you and you don't need to be slept with before you get a role.

You said the scripts are not coming and some say the payment is not cool, why are you still there?

I think it's just the passion that we still have, whether it is paying like it use to be or not, we must act, that's the way it is because some of us started not with money because we had this passion for it and yet we still get paid but it might not be like the way it use to be. Aside that, I do some other things MC jobs and other events and they pay me with my name.

You don't seem to live a flashy lifestyle like some of your colleagues, why?

Maybe because I because I'm just original that's why. I'm real and not a fake person. I live my life for myself and God I don't live it for any human being.

So are you saying some of these celebs live fake lives?

All of them live fake lives, all of them that you see flaunting their wealth. Generally, it is a thing of the industry and you need to make the people see you all the time but when they see you flaunting cars and other things, you are endangering yourself and your family. Some people will see that and say ok, let me go and steal it.