Ernest Azuzu was once of the best actors the industry boasted of in the late 90s and early 2000, but like a flower that withers in the evening, the robust actor faded away from the movie circle and he has become a scarce commodity.

When he was reigning, Ernest enjoyed the spotlight and it was like no one would take over the ‘bad boy,’ role from him. But like a big bang, a ‘certain Jim Iyke’ came from nowhere and displaced ‘almighty’ Ernest Azuzu and made him a second choice in the roles he once took charge of.

Blessed with the same physique and almost same intonation, Jim Iyke became the choice of filmmakers for bad boy roles. Before a movie producer thinks of giving a script to Ernest, Jim Iyke must have rejected it. caught up with Ernest and asked him how he felt being ‘thrown’ out of the market by Jim Iyke.
“I wouldn’t say that (I was thrown out by a competitor), but probably say that I have where I represent and where I represent doesn’t really have any form of competition,” Ernest told us, adding that, “I represent me and being real, that’s the most important thing.”

Explaining further, the actor-cum-musician quickly chipped in that, “It has a lot to do with my acting role and every other thing that I do. If you see most of my movies, you will see that I try to be real. I make you feel like you are seeing real life stuff.

“So, I don’t see anybody doing that [making me a second fiddle].”

Speaking specifically about Jim Iyke being a threat to him, Ernest disclosed that, “the emergence of new faces has nothing to do with me because if I must do my thing, I just do it and go. If you talk about him (Jim Iyke) now getting most movie roles I am supposed to get, I will put it that at the time he’s needed, he is there to attend to them (filmmakers).”

He boasted that, “I have stuffs that I do too. And then, we both cannot be playing on the same role too if we act the same way.”
Though Jim Iyke does not feature in many films again like before, he has retained the ‘bad boy awards’ tag in Nollywood.

© 2013

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