Actor Joseph Van Vicker, a Ghanaian based Liberian movie star is reportedly complaining about how his life is been threatened by some lead Nigerian actors for constantly starring in movies in their country.
According to the Ghanaian news outlet, The Chronicle, quoting Mr. Vicker, as saying it is due to the competitive nature of the film business and that many Nigerians prefer one of their own being cast for roles.
Speaking to Nana Ama McBrown on United Showbiz on UTV, Van Vicker explained, “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 continued: “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 traveled to the country to work and after his work was done, he returned home.
He noted that Nigerian producers paid the Ghanaian actors very well and he really appreciated the competition between Ghana and Nigeria anytime he starred in movies in Nigeria.