BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
When you hear Paul Adams, I’m sure the first thing that comes to your mind is the hit TV series Checkmate’. The veteran actor has also acted in several other movies and soaps, the most recent being Africa Magic‘s Hotel Majestic. Paul Adams spoke with The Nation’s Adewoyin Adeniyi recently on various topics.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
What was the experience like when filming Checkmate?
It was quite unique in many ways. The standard in terms of content and production was high in a sense. There were not many options and power was quite stable in Nigeria at that time compared to now so viewers had the guarantee of consistent followership.
How did you get the role in Checkmate?
I was relaxing at home when a friend came over to inform me that he was coming from an audition nearby and suggested I give it a shot. I went over to Moving Movies office in Victoria Island and it turned out they were hunting for a Kunle Ajayi, after my audition I got the role that my friend went for. I felt it was cool.
There must be some lessons you learnt in the series even as a major cast member.
I guess one of the lessons I learnt as lead actor was knowing how to handle celebrity status without letting it get into your head. The producer had predicted that by the time Checkmate hit the airwaves we would have become larger than life and that’s what actually happened.
In your opinion, is there any TV series now that can be compared with Checkmate or Ripples?
Yes and No! When we try to compare, few factors have to be considered. At the time there were not as many soaps running concurrently. A big one comes with a bang and it makes waves and then it either ends or fades away. Then another comes and goes the same way. So basically, people didn’t have to struggle with their minds on what station to watch. The stories were quite thorough and well treated. There are a few like that now as well. Technically today is better than yesterday. Artistes, cast and crew are better paid. Production is better organised.
Read the full interview here: The Nation