So my friend, Koby Maxwell, recently sent me a link on Google hangout about his movie being featured on the renowned Washington Post website. A good feat for Ghana and Nollywood, I imagined. But I just got the chance to follow up on the link and I?m left confused. I don?t know what the writer wanted to say but the first few paragraphs were about Yvonne Nelson, who stars in the movie alongside John Dumelo and Jimmy Jean-Louis, acting like a ?diva on set?. Check out the article below.
A drop-dead beautiful Ghanaian actress is yelling at the director. Her voice ? with that slightly British Ghanaian accent ? echoes across the polished marble floors and bounces off the baby grand inside a Montgomery County mansion that has been turned into a movie set.
Cameras have stopped rolling. Actors lean against the bay windows overlooking the swimming pool.
?I?m human!? shouts the movie star, Yvonne Nelson. ?I can complain if I want to complain. I am not a robot.?
?No one can tell me what to do on my set!? warns the director, John Uche, a Nigerian who lives in Upper Marlboro. ?I?ve directed bigger actors than you.?
The actress spins and storms up a circular staircase, retreating to her
bedroom lair and halting production.
This could be a disaster for this ?Nollywood? movie. Filming has to be completed in three weeks. If the star quits, thousands of dollars are down the tube. The other actors ? some of the biggest names in Africa have flown in from Nigeria and Ghana ? will have wasted a trip. And the producer, Koby Maxwell, an award-winning Ghanaian musician turned movie maker, will lose investors? money.
Maxwell eyes the scene from the mansion?s kitchen, where he is peeling green plantains to boil for the cast?s dinner. Besides obtaining investors, writing the story, locking down actors and locations, and working with crew members on a major Nollywood production, he also has to cook supper.
As he rinses and slices, he tries not to show his worry. He has slept only two hours at a time in the past few weeks, worried about production, worried about accommodating actors, worried about filming on a shoestring budget. He cannot afford to lose this actress or this director. Everything is riding on ?One Night in Vegas,? a movie Maxwell hopes will raise the bar on Nollywood production values.
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