The actor says malice and parochialism have characterised the movie industry.
Actor Agya Koo says the services of old and most experienced actors are not employed by producers due to malice and parochialism which have characterised the movie industry.
He remarked on Radio Univers’ mid-morning show, Brunch2Lunch that producers should reconsider bringing veteran actors to the scenes since the crop of actors being used cannot act any better than them.
The casting of these new actors, according to Agya Koo, makes the movies boring to watch due to lack of experience and seriousness on their part.
He told show host, Abrantepa that movie producers opt for novice and inexperienced actors because they claim the veterans charge exorbitantly.
“We have been neglected for malicious, envious and parochial reasons. Instead of engaging committed and good actors, they go in for those who they claim charge lower rates. And that is having a negative impact on the industry.
"I came under criticism because I decided not to go naked on set. Since then, I have been blacklisted. So if Agya Koo is arrogant, what about Katawere, Paa George, Mercy Asiedu and the likes? Now it is not intriguing watching local movies,” he fumed.
Many veteran actors including Fred Amugi and Grace Nortey who once warmed the heart of movie enthusiasts with their acting skills have voiced their displeasure about movie directors and producers’ decision not to engage their services again but rather make up young actors to play the role of the elderly.
Some of the young actors made to play the role of the old include Kojo Nkansah Liwin, Agya Koo [back in the days], and Mr. Beautiful. Movie directors and producers like Frank Garbin and Samuel Nyamekye of Miracle Films Production have however argued that there is nothing wrong with the act. According to them, the kind of movie and what they hope to achieve inform their decision to choose who plays what in that movie.