Socrates Safo…I’m Having Regrets

No one fits the bogeyman character in the Ghana film industry as well as movie director and producer Socrates Safo does. Whether as CEO of his Movie Africa Production Company or on location directing a movie or as PRO of the Film Producers Association of Ghana, Socrates Safo has been seen as the no-nonsense man who fires wayward actors into line.

Indeed, other directors who have found it difficult to deal with specific ego-trip behaviors of their actors have been known to comment: could you ever do this on a Socrates production?

Recently however, Baby Blanche an actress in Socrate’s newest movie did what has been unprecedented-she walked off the set in anger.
What was the cause? Socrates narrated to Showbiz over the phone last Tuesday that Baby Blanche requested water to drink on location between takes and when she was offered a sachet of water, she refused preferring bottled water instead.

Socrates said Baby Blanche walked off the set and it took a lot of pleading from both cast and crew before she returned to finish her takes. “How can I pay an actress so much for her to walk off set because of common water? What is wrong with sachet water?” Socrate asked. ‘I had just drunk some myself.’

But Baby Blanche thought differently. She explained to Showbiz that she specifically asked for bottled water because she was afraid of poisoning. “You can’t trust anyone these days. If Socrates could pay me a huge amount of money to be in his movie, why can’t he provide bottled water for me when I am thirsty?”

According to her, she had to walk off set to get water quench her thirst. “I felt very thirsty and uncomfortable so I demanded for bottled water, I was later given sachet water but because I was afraid of poisoning I rejected it and stepped out to get water”.
To cap her explanation, Baby Blanche who has featured in many Socrates Sarfo movies over the last four years, dropped her “bomb”: “I think Socrates is not a serious producer, else he would make sure that all basic things such as drinking water would always be available on set”.

Socrates

After all this, Socrates, who has been in the movie business for over 25 years, says he is having regrets over some of the actors he’s raised from scratch. According to him, he feels so bad that some of the artistes he picked from nowhere behave in an unprofessional manner when they become stars.

Known for producing movies like Adult Only, Hot Fork, What Sex Can Do and Rhapsody of Love, Socrates says it is about time actors showed some respect to the producers who have made them who they are now.
“Producers spend so much money to make actors famous and they turn their backs on you by showing all kinds of attitude to you, I think it’s about time actors realized such behavior is uncalled for” Socrates said he had lost interest in raising new actors who will later disrespect him.

Source: Graphic Showbiz

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