"I don't want anyone to label me a Nollywood actor"

Jim Iyke speaks about a role he would love to play and why he doesn't want to be labeled 'a Nollywood actor.'

During an interview with Pulse Nigeria, the actor spoke about a role he would love to play. He also explained why he doesn't want to be labeled 'a Nollywood actor.'

The actor who started his acting career in 2001 said he has played virtually every role except a gay and transgender character.

"I have never played a gay role and I have no desire of playing anything like that. I have had a long career, a lot of movies, I have pretty much stretched everything that there is.

"But is there a role out there [that I haven't played]? I can't think of any off the top of my head."

He, however, revealed the real-life character he would love to interpret on screen.

"It's a man with the depth of Denzel is not just an actor, that's how I don't want to be perceived as well.

"That's why I'm always going off and on to go educate myself some more, elevate my mind some more, invest in things that are outside the confines, fail in many more things and succeed as well as I go."

He further stated that he doesn't want to be tagged 'a Nollywood actor," sharing his reasons.

"I don't want anyone to label me a Nollywood actor. I want to be a business man, I want to be a philanthropist, I want to help people in my lifetime, leave my signature in the stamps of time.

I want people to wake up and say 'hey, if you didn't do this, this wouldn't haven't happened. And I want to say the same of people."

Jim Iyke is a Nollywood actor, who is popular for his roles in movies such as "Last Flight to Abuja," "Games Men Play," "Ready to Die" among others.

During the interview, the actor also spoke about his shocking sexual harassment experience, the role he regrets playing, his upcoming reality TV show and the last time he was nervous about taking up a role.

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