Popular actor Aki, real name Chinedu Ikedieze says he can never touch a womanâ€™s butt in a movie no matter how much he was offered by the movie producer simply because it is against the norm of where he originates from.
HeÂ made the revelation in a recent interview with Punch. Excerpts
You were always acting child roles until later when producers started giving you roles of a mature man. Did you have to complain before they did that?
I didnâ€™t complain. They knew from day one that I wasnâ€™t a child. But I cannot change myself. When the producers look at me, they would feel I could act the role of a seven or 10-year-old and they would cast me. If I went into that character, at that point, I was a child. Producers continued to cast me as a child because I was able to play the role very well. If I didnâ€™t interpret the role well, people wouldnâ€™t be convinced that I could do it well. But now, I convinced the world to the extent that people donâ€™t even know that I am not a small boy except when I talk about myself. Everybody thinks Mama Gee (Patience Ozokwor) is one wicked woman because she has been able to interpret that role well. But then, I have been able to do other roles very well. The only time I complain is when I am given a bad script. There is no way I will do a film that requires me to hit a womanâ€™s backside.
But it is actingâ€¦
No. In Nigeria, it is not normal for a child to just touch a womanâ€™s buttocks. It is not a good thing in my hometown. Even a husband shouldnâ€™t touch his wifeâ€™s backside in the public because people will look at it as if you are corrupting the young ones. So if I see such in my script, I tell the producer and director that I will not do such. Even when they tell me that is what people want to see, I still insist I will not be a part of it. I respect the norms and ethics of the society.
But what if the money involved is huge?
No matter how much they pay me, I will not touch a womanâ€™s buttocks in a movie. What if I do it and people criticise me? They wouldnâ€™t care about how much I was paid. What if I take the money and I quit acting tomorrow? I am acting for the public and not for the owner of the movie.