Why I don’t like being called a celebrity – Funsho Adeolu
Veteran actor, Funsho Adeolu, has said he does not fancy being called a celebrity. According to him, he prefers to be called a thespian.
Asked how he has been able to maintain relevance in the industry for as long as he has, the role interpreter told Saturday Beats, “Perhaps, it’s because I am original. I have serious passion for acting. I am not about money or fame. That is why I don’t like being called a celebrity. I prefer to be called an actor. A celebrity is a ‘diva’, while an actor is a thespian. A thespian understands that no matter what happens, the show must go on. A thespian is focused on getting the job done and he wants to impart knowledge. It is not just about showing his face in a movie.”
Reflecting on the changes he would like to see in Nollywood, Adeolu said, “I will like to see more professionals in the industry. If you are interested in acting or being behind the camera, you have to get the necessary training. It is not just about having an interest in it; you need to get formal training.
“One also needs to protect one’s name and brand. Some people are all about making money; while others are particular about maintaining a good name. Having a good name is better than any other thing. One should have a name that unborn generations would be proud of.”