British Nigerian actor, Chike Okonkwo, was recently a guest at Pulse Nigeria.
During an exclusive interview, the actor who is a UK-born Nigerian but resides in United States of America, spoke about the movie “Birth of a Nation,” how he got his role, his experience working with Nate Parker, his favourite character and how the movie changed his perceptive.
On how he got his role as Will in the movie, the actor said, “I didn’t audition for the scripts. This one was all about Nate Parker. Nate wrote it, directed, produced and starred in the movie as Nat Turner, and Nate is a guy I have met occasionally through my stay in LA through a friend of mine.”
“He is a very instinctive guy. So, we were at our mutual friend’s birthday – David Oyelowo, and Nate was like ‘you know what? I have a script and this part is perfect for you.’ And we got it done.”
On his experience working with Nate Parke,r Okonkwo said, “honestly, working with Nate was one of the most compelling experiences of my career.”
“Not only is he a great leader, he follows through with what he says he would do. He encompasses everyone. Whether you are a PA on set, or you are the producer or the person who is giving million of dollars to film, he is the same with everyone.”
According to the actor, the critically acclaimed movie changed his perception on what he can achieve in Hollywood and also changed his perception about the world as a whole.
Chike Okonkwo’s other movies include “The Last Jazzman,” “Shoot the Messenger,” “Derailed,” “Knock-off” among others.
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