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Frederick Leonard "I think I'm gonna weep for days" - actor on making movies audience can't connect with

Frederick Leonard talked about making movies that the audience can't connect with and receiving negative reviews for a work.

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Frederick Leonard

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Frederick Leonard is a Nollywood actor who is popular for his role in the award-winning Teco Benson movie, "Accident."

In an interview with Pulse Nigeria, the actor said his greatest fear as a filmmaker is making a movie that the audience can't connect with.

play Frederick Leonard (Instagram )


"My greatest fear as an actor would be making a film and the audience don't like it, they can't connect to it," said Leonard.

"I think I'm gonna weep for days, because we do what we do and we all have different motivations. So, for me, the motivation really is the people. If I can't win the people over, then what am I doing? That's my greatest fear.

"If I make a film and the people don't understand the story and can't connect with it, I just feel the essence of the sleepless night or standing in front of the camera for 18 hours is lost."

play Frederick Leonard


The actor also spoke on ever receiving negative reviews for a movie. While he admitted to receiving those negative reviews, he refused to share the movie titles.

"You do this movie and then it doesn't get as much pat on the back as you would expect. Maybe for technical reasons, maybe for directorial reasons, maybe the story was faulty from the beginning or maybe casting. So yes, sometimes it happens."

play Frederick Leonard on set of an upcoming movie "The Box TV" (Instagram )


According to the actor, telling a story that connects with the audience is a gamble.

"It's a gamble too. You pick up a story and you fall in love with the story, but you're also praying that the audience will love it as well," he said.

"Some people have done Sci-Fi movies in Nigeria and it didn't work. But it wasn't like it was a bad script, it wasn't a bad script. But maybe, just maybe our minds as a people are here, we are not prepared for that kind of story."

Frederick Leonard is popular for Nollywood movies including "Indian Doctor," "Fool Me Once," "On the Brink," "Cobra," "Dejavuu" among others.

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