Actor Charles Awurum has shed light on the common misconception that comic actors are often perceived as foolish by some of their fans due to the roles they portray in movies.
In an interview with Sunday Scoop, Awurum revealed the challenges faced by actors in the comedy genre and emphasized the complexity of their craft.
“Many people out there think that acting is easy and something they can easily do. But, when they come around and see what we go through, they know that it is not an easy task at all,” he stated.
The actor went on to explain that the public often judges comic actors based on their on-screen characters, assuming that they are naive or gullible in real life.
He continued, “In real life, they feel they can easily fool us and get away with what they want. But, when they see that we are not fools, they have a rethink.
Many people cannot separate actors from the roles they play. If one steals in a movie or TV show, people would say the person is a thief. If one is wicked on screen, they would conclude that one is wicked in real life.”
Awurum also shared his admiration for the late comic actor, Sam Loco-Efe, who played a significant role in inspiring him to pursue a career in acting.
He recalled being inspired by Loco-Efe’s performance during FESTAC 77, and that experience fueled his passion for acting.
He expressed his gratitude to directors like Teco Benson and Izu Chukwu for their contributions to his successful journey in the industry.