Veteran Nollywood actor Pete Edochie has spoken up about the controversy stirred by his appearance in the movie “Fatal Arrogance” where he portrayed a Muslim man.
The yet-to-be-released movie which features Pete Edochie and actress Destiny Etiko was at the centre of a heated conversation online recently after photos of the movie project emerged.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiites has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over the movie, claiming that the movie portrayed them in a bad light. The IMN also claimed Pete Edochie portrayed their embattled leader Sheik El-Zakzaky in the movie.
Pete Edochie in a recent video addressed the “Fatal Arrogance” movie controversy, correcting some of what he described as untrue assumptions. The veteran actor said the movie was not produced by actress Destiny Etiko as is being alleged in some reports but was produced and directed by Nigerian filmmaker Anosike Kingsley Orji.
Mr Edochie also said he did not portray Shiites leader El-Zakzaky in the movie, saying his character’s name in the movie is Alhaji Shashakurungo, which is completely fictional. Pete Edochie also disclosed his role in the movie was minor, and that he only appeared in about six scenes.
Pete Edochie reiterated that the said movie has not been released and not in circulation anywhere yet. The legendary actor who is 73 years old urged the Islamic group to wait until the movie is out to know exactly what the movie is about before pushing their petition.
Watch the full video of Pete Edochie addressing the issue with Shiites Muslims below: