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My size is an asset, says Gentle Jack

By Alayande Dayo
Gentle Jack
Gentle Jack

He is often referred to as Nollywood's Macho man. Gentle Jack, a.k.a Vuga hails from Abonnema in Kalabari kingdom of Rivers State.

He joined Nollywood in the 1990s through the help of his brother, Gbasemi Tariah and the first film he featured in was Blood Money . Since then, he had featured in countless films including Vuga, the movie that brought him to limelight and which makes most of his close friends call him Vuga.

He has also played a lead role in a movie entitled, Gentle Jack. The movie which was directed by Simisola Opeoluwa and produced by Uzor Ikpechi is about a hero who went to get back what belongs to him. He played the lead character called Gentle Jack which is a double kudos for him as the title of the movie and his real name are the same.

For those watching Gentle Jack in movies, his macho physique is one invaluable asset he has as his stock in trade. Depending on what the producer wanted and the kind of film that he would be used for, the macho actor is capable of altering his shape to suit the dictate of the film.

To him, keeping a particular shape would not be too appropriate for a actor whose role varies from hard ones to others where he has to play a gentle and good fellow.

The Kalabari-born actor who has this notion at the back of his mind would do all within his means to ensure that he not only remains relevant in Nollywood but also be able to negotiate good term with those who need his services as an actor.

“As an actor who does the kind of things I do in movies, you don't have to keep yourself in a particular size. You have to adjust your shape from time to time so as to fit in.”

Stressing how this can be achieved, Jack said, “I can get my size bigger if a producer wants such size for the film he intends shooting provided we strike a good bargain.”