call him Black Arrow of the Nigeria Movie industry but Segun
Arinze, a Theatre act graduate, actually have his hands
spread across the various spectrum of the Nigerian
entertainment industry. He speaks on his art career and
broken relationship in this exclusive interview with Richard
May 26th, 2007
You seem to be no longer visible in your acting career.
Have you decided to step aside?
I am very choosy about the kind of film I do. I look at the
script and ask myself, do I want to do this? Am I doing this
just because I want to make money or put food on the table
for my family? Or is it because I want to make a name? I do
films now because I love the script, and I still maintain,
because of the passion I have for it. I donít do any
wishy-washy film because I have a reputation I need to
Are you saying there are still films that are wishy-washy
in the market?
All over the world, there are wishy-washy films. Even as big
as Hollywood, there are still wishy-washy films there -
films that are substandard. It is just like a football team.
There are football teams that are big and can spend. There
are also football teams that are not big and canít spend.
They donít even have to pay the allowances of their players.
You have banks that are big and can pay salaries and you
have the ones that are small and canít even pay salaries.
Depending on what you want, you set a standard for yourself
and maintain that standard.
As a top Nollywood player, what are you doing to correct
This is an individual thing. If there are artistes that feel
the same way I feel, they should go ahead and do the same
thing I am doing. But if they feel like doing it for the
money, I wish them luck because they have their individual
and family names to protect and because they have their
individual ambition I donít begrudge them. For me, I set a
standard for myself. I donít see myself coming down on that.
I see myself moving to the next level.
What happens if the film is good and the pay is small?
I will go ahead and do it. There is a saying that you donít
because of the eba, eat the soup, you because of the soup,
eat the eba. If it is a damn good script, I will do it
because at the end, when the film comes out, it speaks well
of you and you make money with the next movie. People will
begin to demand your service and you give them your price.
You can say I want to earn this for this movie because, good
soup, na money kill am.
Why donít you set a standard pay for yourself, like if
you donít pay me so, so amount, no dice?
Let me tell you one truth about the acting career. Any
artiste who tells you that if you donít pay me this amount
as his fixed fee, no show, is telling a big lie. Sometimes,
we as actors, step down. Maybe because of the script or the
personal relationship we have with the producer or director,
we come down and do that job. For an actor to tell you he
earned so, so amount to act a film and does not come down is
telling you a big, fat lie.
You still have this passion for playing Ďbad guyí roles
I donít see myself as a stereotype. I see myself as a method
actor. So, I have broken away from being stereotyped. Most
minor appearances I have been making in some films here and
there, have been positive roles. Not negative roles. Even if
it has to be a negative role, it has to be a damn good