Is it not strange for actor John Dumelo to say that flirting and endorsing the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has not in any way affected his acting career considering the fact that, his other colleagues who endorsed the party have different story to tell?
“They [producers] call me all the time and some of them even say I charge too much and we laugh over it. This year alone, I have done about seven productions and I did two just last month, it hasn’t affected my career in anyway even though I must admit that the film industry has generally slowed down a bit,” he told Graphic Showbiz in an interview.
Speaking about the state of the film industry, John said, “Although things are a bit slow in terms of productions, the film industry now is growing, we have a lot of movies doing very well like Amakye and Dede, Abdul Salam Mumuni’s movies, Yvonne Nelson’s movies and a host of others.”
“It looks like these days, a lot of people want comedy. So I think movie makers should look in that direction and produce more comedy. Also, lot of TV stations are going digital so producers should continue selling their movies online and also consider other marketing opportunities like premiering in other countries to make money,” he said.
When asked if he sees himself as a successful actor, he said, “Success is relative, I wouldn’t say I am successful. When I’ve been able to do movies to affect people’s lives then I will say I’m successful but I will get there,” he said.
Who does he look up to?
“I learn from everybody, I pick up something from everybody from Majid Michel to Kyeiwaa, just name them. I learn from everybody.”
Does he have any favourite actress?
“I am comfortable with everybody. I have great rapport with Yvonne Nelson, Yvonne Okoro, Luckie Lawson, Beverly Afaglo and a host of others. I have great rapport and great relationship with all of them.”
Is John Dumelo rich?
“Rich is relative, somebody would say I am rich but I will say I am very comfortable.”
Does he have any regret?
“I learn a lot from my mistakes and they make me stronger.”
Advice for the youth
“We are in an election year; the youth form the bulk of the electorate. They shouldn’t incite violence to mar the peace we are enjoying in our country.
“Everybody has a choice so we should respect one another’s choice and ensure that we have a peaceful elections.”