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Nse Ikpe Etim, Kalu Ikeagwu, Blossom Chukwujekwu, others speak on The Green Eyed

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Earlier this year, Nollywood’s finest actors, Kalu Ikeagwu and Nse Ikpe- Etim paid a two-week working visit to the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The duo were joined by fast rising acts, Blossom Chukwujekwu and Tamara Eteimo. The actors stormed the city of Port Harcourt to shoot a new movie, The Green Eyed.

Arguably one of the most anticipated movies of 2014, executive producers, Poise Fendy Entertainment assembled this stellar class of actors for the family centred tale of betrayal and the power of enduring love. Making her acting debut in film was first time producer, Endy Abanonkhua. Directed and written by Blessing Udefe, The Green Eyed also featured up comers, Antonia Nwosu and Phil Osibo.

ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke to the cast and producers of the movie on their view of the story line and other information about the movie.

 

‘Doing good is very important’

– NSE IKPE ETIM

Nse Ikpe-Etim

Nse Ikpe-Etim

What’s your view of the storyline?

The Green Eyed is a family centred story, something every member of the family can learn a thing or two from. There are lessons on jealousy, envy and the forgiving nature of love.

How easy or challenging was the role?

We shot in Port Harcourt, which isn’t exactly familiar territory to me. The cast and crew were professional, so thankfully it wasn’t a challenging role per se for me. There were Nigerian factors, but I’ve worked in this industry for a bit and I’ve learned to work around them.

What are the lessons you took away from the experience?

Port Harcourt traffic is no joke (laughs). Seriously, though I think the most important thing to learn from The Green Eyed is that karma is real. So, let us all try to do as much good as we can so that good can come back to us.

Tell us more about your character?

I was quite a handful in this movie. I played Roli, she was a politician whose priorities were misplaced. I was also not a very good friend. I don’t want to give away too many details. But what I can say is that I enjoyed making this movie and you will hopefully enjoy seeing it too.

 

‘Be careful whom you trust’ – BLOSSOM CHUKWUJEKWU

Blossom Chukwujekwu

Blossom Chukwujekwu

What’s your view of the storyline?

I think it was very well conceived. My character was betrayed by his first love but found love in another. And aside my story, there are interlinked stories that will make for a very interesting movie.

How easy or challenging was the role?

My character was a bit mean initially to Tamara’s character, and being mean isn’t something that comes naturally to me. But I wouldn’t describe it as challenging. Every actor has to wear different hats, so I simply wore Gbubemi’s hat.

What are the lessons you took away from the experience?

Be careful whom you trust and always leave room in your heart for love.

Tell us more about your character?

I played Gbubemi; Nse’s estranged husband and Tamara’s love interest. In a nutshell, my marriage left a sour taste in my mouth and made it difficult for me to trust. You will have to watch the movie to see this changes.

 

‘IT’S A NICE MOVIE TO WATCH’ – TAMARA ETEIMO

Tamara Eteimo

Tamara Eteimo

What’s your view of the storyline?

I liked the story. It taught me a few things about knowing who to trust. I’m certain when it comes out it will do the same to others who watch it.

How easy or challenging was the role?

Thankfully, I had acted with Blossom before, so the chemistry between us was great and it made my job a lot easier. Our characters were interwoven in The Green Eyed. I grew up in Port Harcourt, so it was nice going back to my city.

What are the lessons you took away from the experience?

Patience. My character had to be patient to win over her man.

Tell us more about your character?

I played Juliet. She was a young woman who is tasked with teaching a broken-hearted man how to love again. She will have to deal with a lot of things while trying to achieve this. You might watch and wonder why she let herself pass through these things, but love is worth an inconvenience or two.

 

‘FORGIVENESS IS THE LESSON FROM THE MOVIE’ – Kalu Ikeagwu

Kalu Ikeagwu Snap

Kalu Ikeagwu

It was a refreshing story and somewhat a redeeming one. Mistakes were made, forgiveness occurred and retribution was dispensed.

How easy or challenging was the role?

It wasn’t particularly challenging playing Engineer Osa. I studied the script thoroughly and made sure I came on set prepared. There were long hours once in a while but it is the job I signed on for, so we soldier on.

What are the lessons you took away from the experience?

I think forgiveness would be the lesson for me. We have to learn to be forgiving. God is merciful, so when you find yourself in a position to forgive, please do.

Tell us more about your character?

My character was a family man, a bit too conservative in his views on family roles. Perhaps if Engineer Osa had been more flexible, a few things may have been averted. The good thing is that he sees the error of his ways before it is too late.

 

‘Family issues should be kept secret’ – TONIA NWOSU

Tonia Nwosu

Tonia Nwosu

What’s your view of the storyline?

The Green Eyed will be a movie for everyone. The story is rich and diverse and touches on social issues.

How easy or challenging was the role?

I played Elizabeth in this movie. She is nothing like me, so it was a bit difficult. And I’m learning the ropes in this industry so it was a bit challenging. However, everyone was a great help, so it made things easier.

What are the lessons you took away from the experience?

I think I learned to keep family issues private so as to avoid evil counsel.

Tell us more about your character?

I was Roli’s friend and cheer leader of sorts. When you watch the movie you might see that perhaps Elizabeth, my character should have towed a different path. But someone has to be the bad guy.

 

‘Always speak the truth’ – PHIL ISIBOR

Phil Isibor

Phil Isibor

It was a fantastic script with all sorts of characters. I loved my character.

How easy or challenging was the role?

Nse was always in character, even when the director says cut, so I had to learn to always be in character also. This turned out to be a plus, so it wasn’t too challenging at the end of the day.

What are the lessons you took away from the experience?

Always speak the truth, even if no one else is speaking it.

Tell us more about your character?

My character was Uyota. This means truth. It was my job to constantly tell Roli (Nse’s character) the bitter truth. You can imagine how difficult it is to speak the truth when everyone else was lying to her. Most times her character didn’t want to hear it, so there was a lot of conflict.

 

‘I’m excited’ – ENDY ABANONONKHUA, Producer The Green Eyed

Endy

Endy

You’re a new producer, and already your movie has made a name for you as one of top movie producers in Nollywood this year. How does that make you feel?

I feel blessed, and above all it makes me feel excited and ecstatic. The thing I have learnt over time is that you have to keep at what you do or what you want to do. This is my dream, I have always wanted to do this, but also it is not good to jump at things. I have done my home work, and then I did it at the right time.

What should we expect from the movie?

We should expect the best.  We have a very good line up, Kalu and Nse are well grounded in the industry, and Tonia, Tamara and Blossom are fast rising acts. Also what we did was to make sure that we introduced new talents, myself and Phil, so I think that you should be ready for this movie, we have the best team. My director, Blessing Uduefe is very good and a professional.

Above all, we look up to God. So my advise to movie lovers is for them to grab their popcorn and a drink. Aside entertainment, there is a lot of lesson for them to go back home with.

How did the idea come about exactly?

I studied Theatre Arts in the University of Port Harcourt, and this is something I have always nursed, so this whole story came up in my head, l knew this was it and l called Blessing to work on the story.

I wont sit here and tell you that this happened over night. It took a lot of work, we had to draw up the cast list, we spoke to them, of course you know that budgeting is key too. But the cast and crew were very awesome at their job, everyone came and did what they were paid to do from the actors to the production crew.

How was the experience working with stars?

It was a very good experience because they are very professional. They render advice here and there. It was altogether a very wonderful experience and l would love to work with all of them again and again

How was the production generally?

The production generally was ok; we got it all done in 10 days. Although there were a few challenges here and there as per location. But overall, l would say it went well.

Why should people watch it?

Like I said, not only is it entertaining, it has a lot of morals. It is not fiction, it also says a lot about our day-to-day life. We meet people every day and while some are good to us, others are mean. In fact, we swear by some people in our lives, and whatever they do to us is dependent on how far we allow them.

We know this is a big budget production; can you give an estimate of the budget?

I don’t think I am allowed to say that for sure, but I will say we spent between N8 and N10.5 million.

– RASHEED ABUBAKAR

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