He rose to prominence on the movie scene for his role as Pusher in the popular television series, Things We Do For Love, and since then, Adjetey Annan has had to live with the rogue character he was known for.
Even though the Adams Apple actor said he has had to live with that unfortunate public stereotype for years, he is happy that now, that image is gradually fading from the minds of people.
“That is the price we have had to pay as actors. It is our duty to make people believe in what we do on the screens and people relating my roles to real life is just an indication that I was doing something right,” he told Showbiz last week Wednesday.
He said that though he is a shy person in nature, the misconception among a section of the public about him is quite interesting.
Narrating one of the worst experiences he encountered back in the days, Pusher said, “I quite remember going to a place sometime back and met this woman with her kids and she was like ‘let’s be cautious, here comes the ruffian’. I’ve had to deal with such embarrassing moments because of my kind of role but I’ve always taken them in good faith”.
According to the Ghana Movie Awards Best Actor, he takes consolation in the fact that those who have known him before hitting the limelight appreciate his talent and differentiate his real person from his acting role remarking, “I can’t force people to accept who I am away from the screens”.
Stating his opinion on the way forward for the Ghana movie industry, Adjetey said that though he appreciates the call on the government to assist the industry by stakeholders, it was also important they “fix their home first”.
Citing indiscipline as one of the many factors that has hindered the growth of the industry, he expressed his dissatisfaction on how many actors don’t have regard for time and have always turned up late even when on set.
“’Before we call on government and institutions to come and help, we must put our home right. Right from the actors and other stakeholders, what have been our efforts to make the industry a better one? There are so many things we must put right first,” he said.
He also took a swipe at producers for casting young actors in elderly roles and said the act wasn’t one that encouraged the older generation to lend their skills to the trade.
One aspect that Adjetey Annang thinks has been underrated in film making is research. “Our producers hardly give time to actors to research on themes for movies. If you want to play a role to perfection, you can’t do without researching well into that particular role”.
The actor, whose wife, Elorm, recently gave birth to a son, made a passionate appeal to the government to help revive cinema houses in the country. He said, “if we have cinemas in the country, movie producers can invest much into movies with an assurance that, they will make gains”.
Adjetey Annang has featured in many movies including A Sting in a Tale, the Perfect Picture and Adams Apples. He won the Best Male actor award at the Ghana Movies Awards held in December last year.