Make Real Or Film Trick, Actor Eats Live Cockroach On Set

2019-10-05
Make Real or Film Trick, Actor Eats Live Cockroach On Set

Acting is one of the most unpredictable professions; it also combines elements of tricks that can create controversies. We watch movies every day and we keep asking and guessing; do actors really kiss? Do they actually slap or it is just another special effect?

How about the sex? Did Kerry Washington really strip naked in Django unchanged in front of all the crew?

Did viola Davis, who is married, actually kiss a fellow woman in “How to get away with murder” So many questions…

There is this type of acting that some film actors in Hollywood practice known as method acting that actually makes the performer connect to his character with his past events memories and uses them while in performance.

Some of these known actors are Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker who moved to Uganda for weeks and stayed with the natives to learn their ways for his performance in The Last King of Scotland, Daniel Day-Lewis worked on his character as President Abraham Lincoln for more than a year, even in the house with his family.

But we thought this commitment for the craft was only observed in Hollywood and the western part of the world but after I saw Joseph Otsiman’s cockroach eating scene in the burial of Kojo and later found out that the actor actually ate that live roach, my scope of African film industry just got exploded.

For those who haven’t seen the Burial of kojo, it is a movie that talks about a man who got abandoned in a mining pit by his vengeful brother played by kobina Sam and his daughter(Cynthia Dankwa) goes on a magical adventure journey to find him.

The film is by far one of the best to come from the continent of Africa and I can bet on it that it will be noted as one of the greatest piece of art in the African history.

Directed by Samuel Blitz Bazawule, One of the scenes that got me and other audiences squeezing our faces was when kojo (Joseph Otsiman) saw a cockroach creeping in front of him after he had been trapped for days deep in the mines, kojo caught the cockroach as though he was going to let it go but ate it because he had stayed for days in the mines without food.

The scene was beautiful, intense and uncomfortable to watch but we all know it is a movie and that probably he is just acting, but why eat the cockroach for real.

I heard in one of the Q & A’s that he actually ate it and that he actually starved himself for the whole day and more with no food no water just to tune himself more to do that scene. I know of Nicholas Cage chewing a live roach in his 1988 movie Vampire’s Kiss but this was Hollywood. The question is; is it worth it? Did Joseph go too far in his approach to his character in the movie?

Joseph Otsiman is an actor known for a peculiar selected type of movies. He had his screen debut in Nana Obiri Yaboah’s multiple Award winning movie “The Cursed Ones” in 2016 where he played pastor John Moses alongside Hollywood actor Jimmy Jean Louis, Ama K. Abebrese and Oris Erhuero of sinbad fame, Joseph Otsiman was nominated best actor for his supporting role at the Africa Movie academy awards.

Otsiman appeared in the Award winning movie keteke and now the burial of Kojo where he was again nominated for best actor in a leading role at the African movie academy Awards 2019.

The Burial of Kojo is a 2018 drama film set in Ghana, written and directed by Blitz Bazawule. The movie was filmed entirely in Ghana on a micro-budget, with local crew and several first-time actors, the film tells the story of Kojo (Joseph Otsiman), who is left to die in an abandoned gold mine, as his young daughter Esi (newcomer Cynthia Dankwa) travels through a spirit land to save him.

The film was produced by Blitz Bazawule Ama Abebrese and Kwaku Obeng Boateng. It had its world premiere in New York on 21 September 2018, at the Urban World Film Festival, where it was recognized as Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema).

It is distributed by ARRAY and was released on the popular streaming service Netflix on 31 March 2019, making it the first Ghanaian film to premiere in selected countries worldwide, on Netflix.

 

 

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