DESMOND Elliot is one of the talented role interpreters Nigeria is blessed with. He is also a movie producer and director. His latest movie, Finding Mercy, has already won an award (GIAMA Awards) in Houston, Texas, USA. The movie was premiered on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Genesis Cinema, Lekki, Lagos. It was powered by Procter and Gamble.
ENCOMIUM Weekly had an interview with him about his latest work and sundry issues.
What is happening to Desmond Elliot, what is new about you?
I have just finished my latest movie entitled, Finding Mercy. It was premiered on Sunday, November 17, 2013.
Tell us about Finding Mercy, what inspired the movie?
It is a family film. Anyway, that is my kind of film. It deals with family values, family bond. The movie is about a child who was raised by a man who was not her biological father. The question on the mind of the man is, will he have a bond with Mercy despite the fact that he is not her biological father.
You used some new faces in the movie, why that choice?
Film making evolves. When you keep using the same faces over and over again, it becomes stereotyped. It is also good to encourage the up and coming acts. There are a lot of up and coming acts who have great talent to showcase. They should equally be encouraged, let the world see what they have to offer. There are also known faces in the movie, the likes of Uti Nwachukwu, myself, Rita Dominic, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, Biola Williams, Tamara, etc.
When will it released?
It is already in the cinema. It will be released in January 2014.
How much has the movie gulped?
It has gulped close to N9 million.
What were some of the challenges you encountered in the process of production?
Getting actors on set, you will give them a particular time, but some will come late and all that. Aside that, there was no other peculiar challenge. God was faithful. He helped us deal with all the challenges.
You were on dreadlock, why did you decide to shave it off?
I actually used it for a role, though a lot of people said it fitted me. I just don’t want to continue with it. Who knows, it might not be appropriate for the next movie I will produce or act in.
Since you started producing and directing, we have seen less of you in movies, why?
I needed that break. At some point, you have to grow as an actor, you cannot continue to remain static, that was why I embraced producing and directing. It even makes you versatile. You will learn more skills and be able to fit into any opportunity that comes your way.
Out of directing and producing which one is your favourite?
I will say directing, though they go pari passu. It is nice to learn the two acts.
How do you combine acting, producing and the home front?
Once you are passionate about something, it becomes very easy. More so, it is what puts food on your table, so you just have to do it. I am also a family man. I don’t joke with my family. I give each aspect the attention it needs.
You have successfully kept your family out of public eye, how were you able to achieve this?
Like I said, I am also a family man, that is why I reflect deep core family values and bond in my movies. I have also learnt to keep my personal life private. People are celebrating me because they appreciate my works. Let my works be in the limelight.
– SHADE WESLEY-METIBOGUN