How louts surprised me on set— Etinosa Idemudia
Over the years, filmmakers have been disturbed by louts (area boys) who extort filmmakers and sometimes cause havoc on movie locations.
However, in an interview with Saturday Beats, an actress, Etinosa Idemudia, stated that she was surprised to know that some of the louts could act as well.
She said, “I have experienced harassment from ‘area boys’ several times on set around the Ajah and Lekki axis in Lagos. The solution to this menace is that the ‘agberos’ should be given work to do. Some of them are really intelligent but they don’t just have opportunities. On one of the sets I was working on, they actually came to disturb us, but the producer, Dabby Chimere, gave them an option of acting as extras in the movie. That was to make them work for the money they wanted to collect. To my surprise, they acted so well.”
Speaking on how she and her colleagues have to pay the louts whenever they show up at their locations, Idemudia said, “In every case, we must settle them; though the price varies. Sometimes, we even buy them drinks; it depends on their demands. The activities of these louts cause down time, and their interruption delays the job.”
She also stated that curbing the activities of the louts was the job of the government. She said, “That is the work for the government, not filmmakers. It is the responsibility of the government to provide jobs and an enabling environment for the youth.”
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