Talented Nollywood actor Olaniyi Afonja better known as Sanyeri has finally revealed why his fans do not see him act romantic roles. In a recent interview, the actor blamed it on his visible tribal marks.
Speaking on how he rose to fame, he explained that his marks paved way for him in the industry. He added that, this brought a lot of comic roles his way as he never blamed his parents for giving him the marks.
Sanyeri said: “I started appreciating my tribal marks when I became an actor. I know that due to my tribal marks, I may not be able to take up some roles, especially lover boy and romantic roles, much less compete with other good-looking actors in the industry. But you know God works in mysterious ways. My tribal marks have brought many comic roles my way and that has automatically given me an edge as an actor. And that is why you won’t see me acting romantic roles. Even though as a child, people used to make a jest of me and I used to feel bad especially as I’m the only one with tribal marks among my siblings, I was never angry with my parents for giving me these tribal marks. Right now, no one can mock me again because I’m now more comfortable with them and I have made a fortune with them.”
According to Punch, Sanyeri later spoke on how a stunt he did caused him a major setback. It could be recalled that the actor was hacked with a cutlass at a movie location but he described it as mere acting.
He said: “The last time I sustained an injury while on set, people thought I was trying to do a stunt, but I wasn’t, I was merely acting. In a recent movie, I played the role of a powerful man and someone tried to decapitate me with a cutlass, but because of the super power, the cutlass broke into two. It was just an effect, so there was no way it could have harmed me. Nigerians do not watch our movies because some of them are difficult. If a stunt man is used in a movie, it may not look real to them. They always prefer the actor to do the stunts. In the western world, for example, they may devise other ways of doing stunts, but here in Nigeria, we have to make it very believable because of our audience.”
One how he copes with female fans, he disclosed that sometimes his wife gets jealous when she sees other women around him but I try to let her understand they are my fans and nothing more.
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