Lai Mohammed, Kunle Afolayan, Zack Orji Dazzle at 'The Bridge' Private Screening
It was all glitz and glamour as Lasun Ray, Kunle Afolayan and other galaxy of stars stormed Silverbird Galleria, 133, Ahmad Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos on the 9th of December 2017 for the private screening of the much anticipated movie, 'The Bridge.'
The entrancing Saturday night was made more alluring by the distinguished presence Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Hilda Dokunbo, Muka Ray, Femi Adebayo, Zack Orji, Bryan okwara, Lere Paimo, Tina mba and many more Nollywood dignitaries who dazed every sight with their illustrious attires.
Lasun Ray, the producer aired his views of the production when asked about his choice of the script which he built for over ten years, 'To educate, preach against tribalism, religious sentiments, and discrimination.
'Love has nothing to with religion or tribe. Let’s break the bridge between religion and tribe.
'Tribalism and all may damage lives. We need unity.' He claimed that in 100 years the movie will still be preaching and sending key messages to people out there.
Apart from producing, Lasun is also an actor, director and dancer. He believes himself to be a born actor, started acting at a young age since 1972, and as a kid got his first award in 1977.
One of the lead characters in 'The Bridge,' Demola Adedoyin, also had an expository chat with SFD as he voiced his challenges on the set, compared his roles in 'October 1' and ‘The Bridge’, and capped it with a fun fact that people might not know about him. 'My major challenge was spending time buried underground in a coffin. That was pretty hard.'
When asked to draw a line between Aderopo (in 'October 1st) and Obadare (in 'The Bridge') he responded thus: 'They are two different people. Aderopo was a very extreme guy. Very antisocial, very dark and all that but I found Obadare to be sort of friendly, approachable, loving, caring. So yeah, I think they are two different guys.'
He described working with Kunle Afolayan, the director as 'serious. It's very serious. The work is so serious that if they didn't joke as much as they joked in-between everyone is going to run mad over there. When it's time for work, there's no room for anything else.
Concerning his dream major role, he didn't have any particular one in mind but he would love to be adventurous with roles, 'I just want to stretch myself, what I'm not used to, what I have to learn about. I just want to do characters that are different from the real me.' He expressly admitted attempting a description of his real self would be a tall order. He closed the interview with a culinary secret, 'I'm a master plantain fryer.'
Chidinma Ekile and Ademola Adedoyin are such a wonderful pair that bring so much emotional energy to this movie. You won't regret learning how they synchronise their verve to bring life and meaning to 'The Bridge.'