Veteran actor and lead character in evergreen Yoruba movie, “Oleku”, Yemi Shodimu, has corrected Nigerians’ misconception about his personality, following his role in the movie.
Speaking with newsmen in Lagos, Shodimu said many Nigerians took him for a cultist after he played the role of a cult member, identified as Ajani in the movie produced by Tunde Kelani in 1997.
Noting that the character was not his true personality, the actor who is also a television presenter and movie director, said Nigerians should be able to differentiate an actor’s personality from his role in a play
“Imagine somebody stopping me a couple of weeks back, giving certain signs and expecting me to respond; I got to know that those signs were for a particular secret cult which I acted as a member in `Oleku’.
“The truth is that I have never been anywhere close to being a cultist apart from being a palm wine drinking club member which I also portrayed in the play.
“I had to study that particular role well before being able to act it well,” he said.
Shodimu stressed that the greatest challenge he encountered in the movie was understanding Ajani’s character well to depict the exact role Oleku’s producer wanted.
“Before I could interpret the role well, I did a lot of research into what life was like in the University of Ibadan and other universities because I needed to imbibe the character of Ajani in the university.
“It was really a challenging one for me; the movie was released decades ago and we never knew it was going to be that big.
“I feel we shot the movie earlier than we should because if it were now, we would be telling a different story as it will further realign us with our culture,” he said.