at the current crop of Nollywood actors and
actresses, describing them as social media
stars who are not well grounded in the arts.
Arinze, who was a guest on Emannuel Ugolee’s
TV show, The Gist, maintained that it was
becoming worrisome for him and some veteran
actors seeing what is now being descibed as
new Nollywood by today’s thespians.
The actor said it was wrong for the new set of
actors to claim that new Nollywood, displaced
the old Nollywood aside, adding that he was
taken aback reading such comments coming
from today’s acts in the English version of
Nollywood. Arinze, branded the new set of
actors as pretentious, saying
“Today’s set of Nollywood actors are not
grounded. What they know how to do is to
speak phonetics.” Continue...
According to him, any serious actor will never
rule out training. He said that constant training
was important to bring out the best in any actor
that wants to fly above his colleagues.
Arinze, who said talent is not enough to take
any actor far in the entertainment industry,
added that “I am sorry to say this but the truth
is that today’s crop of Nollywood actors are not
grounded. Talent is not the only thing you need,
you also have to be grounded.”
He added that the current structure of
Nollywood does not portray one as a serious
actor, but one that wants to be popular.
“Most of these guys are pretentious. They are
only interested in who has the highest number
of likes or followers on their social media
platforms. Most of them are not even
disciplined and they lack the knowledge. They
only want to be popular,” he said.