In August 2014, some photos of veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo looking slimmer than he usually was made the rounds and several people concluded that he was terminally ill to have lost such a large amount of weight.
The actor dismissed claims of illness then and told his fans he was “in the best shape of his life.”
In a recent interview with Punch, the actor revealed that he lost the weight for Oloibiri, a movie about the degradation happening in the Niger Delta as a result of oil exploration activities.
He said he had to lose about 20kg to play the role of Gunpowder, the leader of the militants.
“I lost weight for the movie. At the time the movie was shot, I had to lose at least 20kg. Before we began to shoot the movie, I was weighing 120kg but by time we were shooting the movie, I weighed about 98kg. It was during that period that people thought I was ill. I did not say anything because it was not their business. It is the same people who said I looked sickly that are now saying that I am looking young and fine. If you answer everything that people say about you, you will not progress.
“I am from the Niger-Delta and I understand the level of degradation going on in my region. I was the commissioner for culture and tourism and what I did mostly was to try as much as possible to get young people into the arts and away from militancy. I did a lot of talent hunt show just to get them occupied. I took time off to do the movie and it was in the latter days of my service as a commissioner that the movie was shot.”
The Behind Closed Doors actor also mentioned that despite being in the acting game for over 30 years, he has still not acted in up to 100 movies.
He said, “The roles are never finished and in spite of all you think I have done, I have not featured in up to 100 movies. I have been in this profession for about 32 years but I still have not done up to 100 movies.”