Hanks Anuku: I lost my career, friends over viral video insinuating I was mentally unstable

Nollywood veteran, Hanks Anuku, has decried the impact of a viral video that falsely portrayed him as mentally unstable on his professional and personal lives.

Anuku had been in the news with reports and clips of him raising concerns about his appearance and well-being.

But according to the 64-year-old actor, the video being circulated to portray is mental instability was from a movie set.

Anuku, denied taking hard drugs, claimed that the negative narrative about his mental health is from people trying to tarnish his reputation, and added that the video made filmmakers blacklist him.

Addressing the issue for the first time, the veteran said, “I was trying to get into character for a role I was going to play, a madman role. Someone who was not in his correct senses or right frame of mind.

“So I had to go naturally visit the environment on how I would play it in that same neighbourhood. I was just showing the way the director wanted me to do it, meditating and getting into character.

“I lost friends, producers no longer contacted me for jobs. I lost a lot of money, I lost jobs, and I was jobless. People did not care about me. It was God who directed my footsteps to a good soul.

“I went through pain, if you were in my shoes you would feel it. I was heartbroken for these people to do this to me.”