Nigerian born British actor, David Oyelowo has revealed his intention to star in Nollywood movies, reports Naij.
The two-time Golden Globe-nominated star who is famous for his roles in The Last King of Scotland, The Butler and Selma, says he may return one day to join Nigeria’s booming movie industry, which is a hot topic at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF.
Oyelowo, who spent part of his childhood in Nigeria, gushed about how much progress Nollywood is making during an interview at the film fest.
“Nollywood, it oscillates between being the second- and third-biggest film industry in the world.”
“I can tell by the profile that they are gaining that it’s not going to be long before I — to be perfectly frank, as someone who has established their career in Western film making — am going to be desirous to go back and make a film that would be deemed a Nollywood movie.”
“Because for me, excellence is key and I want to work with the best filmmakers in the world, whoever they are, wherever they are. And of course there’s going to be a very particular desire to do that if that is happening in Nigeria.”
“Living there myself, being of Nigerian parentage, we love a good story, we love a good yarn. It’s very much embedded in the culture and that’s why we have this prolific production of movies.”
“I believe it won’t be long before movies coming out of Nigeria are going to be at a world-class level.”
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