Ghanaian actor Joseph Van Vicker says he was threatened by Nigerian lead actors for constantly starring in movies in their country.
The prolific actor made this revelation while making an appearance on UTV’s United Showbiz with colleagues; Majid Michel, John Dumelo, Yvonne Nelson, Nadia Buari, and Jackie Appiah.
According to Van Vicker, even though he received some very good payment for his work in Nigeria, he faced a number of adverse situations and a few threats from some unhappy Nigerian actors.
Van Vicker said, “Initially everything was good, but at a point, the Nigerian male actors had issues with me so I did face some threats, adverse situations here and there because they were not too happy.”
He added that, “You know film business is incredibly competitive, so, it’s either him or him. When there is a certain range, it’s Mr. A or Mr. B, so if Mr. A is the one on top, he’s on for a very long time and that doesn’t give way for others to shine so the Nigerian lead actors weren’t too comfortable.”
Vicker noted that the actors later had to understand that whether the role goes to a Ghanaian or a Nigerian, “we’re all brothers”.
“Later on, they realized I had no ill motives toward them so it wasn’t what they were thinking,” he said.
When asked if he stayed in Nigeria for the best part of the roles he played in the NIgerian movies, he stated that he frequently travelled to the country to work and after his work was done, he returned home.
Confirming what his fellow actors had said, Van agreed Nigerian producers paid a lot more than the Ghanaians did.
“…it made me appreciate the competition. It made me appreciate the lifestyle of other people and also it made me take some risk knowing that as an actor because it is highly competitive, you want to go outside your comfort zone because that’s where the real opportunities and development of yourself can be,” Van Vicker said.