Revered actor Jide Kosoko is of the view that no sane, professional director will insist on having amorous relationship with persons before casting them in movies.
The veteran in an interview with Punchng.com noted that although the practice is ‘normal’ in any industry, filmmakers who engage in it are insane, to say the least.
He believes once people are bent on doing everything possible to climb the ladder of fame, sexual harassment will not end as unscrupulous filmmakers will not hesitate to take advantage of hungry and vulnerable women.
“That is a normal situation in any industry. You tend to see people trying to fight their way up by hook or crook,” he says. “However, I have not really noticed sexual harassment in the industry. Yes, I have seen artistes dating one another; but harassment is another issue.
“I always tell the young girls in the industry that if you gatecrash, they will harass you. If you want to lobby yourself and sell your body to become famous without passing through the normal training, things like that will happen to you. If you are a trained actor (male or female), nobody can harass you because you would know your rights, and have some good qualities.
“Good producers and directors would rather go for talented individuals that can interpret roles properly. It is only ‘mad’ and unprofessional directors that would do otherwise.”
Touching on the perception that actors indulgence in ‘reckless’ lifestyles is the reason their health deteriorates, Jide Kosoko said the claim is not entirely true.
“It isn’t totally correct that actors have health issues because of the vices they indulge in,” he insists. “As much as I agree that there are some of our colleagues who smoke and drink, it is only a percentage in the industry. Not everybody does that.”
He continued: “Just like in every field, there are people who do these things. Even some doctors drink and smoke; our industry is not an exception. I wouldn’t say that is the reason artistes are having health issues. Artistes have issues because they are human beings and Nigerians too. But it becomes public knowledge because they are popular. As we wake each day, several hundreds of people have died, and many have just been diagnosed with one sickness or the other.”