Kunle Afolayan whose latest movie Phone Swap is now showing in cinema’s is currently one of the most sought after and probably the most revered film maker out of Africa right now. His last movie Figurine was a big hit with the audience as the usual movies made from that region are hardly up to the standard.
With the amount of noise his current movie is getting, Kunle Afolayan’s Phone Swap moved from premiering in Nigeria to Ghana were Nigerian movies have got a huge number of followers.
In an interview with Ghana Celebrities, Kunle Afolayan talked about his decision to cast Lydia Forson in Phone Swap and his intentions concerning casting other Ghanaians in future. According to Kunle, casting actors from Ghana is not a problem for him, however they MUST portray their nationalities as that works fine for him.
According to Kunle who talks about being all out for originality, it works better for him to cast actors to play characters of their nationalities as he says African’s are not ready for anything otherwise “If I’m doing a story that involves a Ghanaian and a Nigerian or a cross-border kind of story, why will I want to play Ramsey Nouah as a Ghanaian and Why will I want to play Majid as a Nigerian? No, for me, it won’t sell, it won’t work that way…It took Forrest Whitaker like a year like a year to actually learn the Ugandan accent, he is big, it will be difficult for Majid to play an American… well maybe if they put him into training for like-2 years for him to learn the accent and also how to speak the language.”
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