‘Merry Men 2’ most challenging I ever worked on – McDermott

by Yinka Akanbi

Nollywood actress, Ufuoma McDermott, has described her role in Auo Makun,’s movie, ‘Merry Men 2’, as the most daunting project since she took to acting 16 years ago.

The actress disclosed this during a ‘Meet and Greet’ session with fans and journalists after the screening of the movie at IMAX Cinema, Lekki, Lagos where she sponsored 100 Nigerians to see the movie.

McDermott said: “It’s the most challenging in my career because I had to be physical and be as fit as I can. Merry Men 2 took me to a place that no other film has taken me to and I am grateful for that.

“The movie took me out of my usual happy, laughing character to a bit more serious one where I had to frown my face all the time. At the premier of Merry Men 2, I already had two offers on action films.”

She also noted that the movie took her to a new milestone in her acting career.

“I think working on this project made me understand the importance of having the right crew members, so we had our martial artist on set. Believe it or not, that is one of the hardest things I had to do in my life.

“It was an amazing combination. It slows down production a little bit, in all honesty. You know we could have got through those scenes faster, but it involved a lot more because martial art is involved.

“I give Ayo Makun, the producer, the credit on this one because that was a lot of money many people won’t have spent,” the actress added.

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Sharing McDermott’s sentiments, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, said, “If you do a wishy-washy kind of production, it won’t take you anywhere and people won’t watch it.

“If you even use politics to push it out there, it still won’t make you money; it will only embarrass you.”

Continuing he said, “What that knowledge did is to make us buckle up and know that these people who come out to see films are wiser than what producers used to think. They know what they want, and they know shots, angles; they understand cinematography.”

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