The Thursday, July 28, 2016 report of Nollywood actor, Ani Iyoho, being severely burnt in Lekki, Lagos, when a fire scene went out of hand on the set of a movie ‘Behind the Wheels’ had gone way too far, attracting worries from his fans and pity from the public before the actor and the movie director, Stanley Ohikhuare made straight the news which had gone viral.
The movie director, Stanley Ohikhuare, said: “Ani Iyoho was contacted to act in the movie and do the stunts. He signed a release form after confirming that every safety measure was in place. Measures include the provision of five working fire extinguishers, a water source which in this case was a stream nearby from where we pumped water, a fire blanket and absolute professional preparation for the stunt, using the recommended media. We set him on fire following strict professional guidelines.
“But contrary to several speculations that the he got burnt and that the stunt was a failure, we indeed succeeded at pulling it off and Ani Iyoho is here with us today, very healthy. He was willingly to do this from the beginning. What we did was to activate that which is professionally referred to as Media Influence.”
The actor also confirmed this by posting a video of a healthy, happy Ani on his Instagram page: “To my friends,
“For most of you who have ever commented or sent a chat to me you know I do all I can to respond to them all. So it hurt me deeply to keep you in silence and in the dark during this period. I couldn’t avoid it. The calls were maddening. My phone had to be turned off till the matter was resolved in public where it started.
“It worried the production that anything I might say as an individual may be misinterpreted further worsening the situation. I’m truly sorry beyond words for the emotional stress and inconvenience this might have caused you. It wasn’t a publicity stunt for me as some might still want to have you believe. It was a huge misunderstanding, misrepresentation and misinterpretation of events of that day and it took a toll on me in ways I cannot explain
“I am however extremely humbled at the love, care and support I got from you during this period. Words fail me. I am indebted to you. Thanks for being there for me and my family. God bless you and yours. Amen
“I am well. It was a movie fire scene that went well.”
So, there were no intention to deceived the public neither was it a deliberate publicity stunt.
- ‘Seyifunmi Adebote for encomium.ng