The Nollywood actor, who started acting 16 years ago, has interpreted numerous roles including a drug addict, lover boy, gangster among others.
Nollywood actor talks role he regrets playing
"Less discerning people started insinuating that I might have drug problems. Sadly, I don't drink or smoke" - Jim Iyke.
Pulse Movies asked the actor which of his numerous roles does he regrets playing. He also spoke about the last time he was genuinely nervous about taking up a role.
On role he regrets playing
The dexterity of an actor, your prayer every day is that you are given roles that will push your artistic propensity.
There are roles I have played that have spread into the larger life and people have really taken it to heart.
I have played a few roles where I was an addict or had substance abuse, and less discerning people started insinuating, not even insinuating, were quite affirmative that I might have a drug problem.
Sadly, I don't drink, I don't smoke. My inner circle will tell you that I'm a health freak and I stay in top shape no matter what.
But that's their opinion. As I said, it's a Yin and yang life, you must deal with every perspective.
On the last time he was nervous about taking up a role
I produced, executive produced, wrote and played the lead in a movie called "Caller 25." I reached out to some of my black Hollywood brothers and they supported me. We shot in New York, Atlanta and LA.
That was a multi-tasking role for one person, but I have always trained my mind for circumstances that would task me physically and mentally. Sometimes fear comes into play, but your ability to surmount it is what makes you a warrior.
They will be obvious concerns whether you can perform up to par. Every time you want to make a bold move, there's a sign of fear, and I despise fear in every shape and form it comes. I think that's what is my catalyst.
Fear for a lot of people is a paralysing element, fear for me is a catalyst. That is how it works.
Jim Iyke is popular for Nigerian movies such as "Last Flight to Abuja," "Games Men Play," "Ready to Die" among others.
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