Richard Mofe Damijo popularly called RMD by his fans, is no doubt household name in Nigeria. The talented actor who turned politician and served as Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in the immediate past government of Delta State, Nigeria, is one of the few persons who began what is today known as ‘Nollywood,’ which is the country’s version of Hollywood and one of the fastest growing movie industries in the world.
The actor who studied Theater Arts and Law from the Universities of Benin and Lagos respectively, began his acting career way back in the 80’s, after graduating from school, when he featured in the television series, Ripples.
The actor have since featured in over one hundred movies and have received so many awards to his credit.
He won the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) in 2005 for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the blockbuster movie, MAYOR.
With his popularity in the industry and counting the number of movies he has starred in, one would think that he smiles big to the bank, but it will shock you to know how much he is paid to feature in a movie.
See his reply when recently asked in an interview by Uti Nwachukwu on “JARA” Africa Magic’s magazine TV show, on how much he is paid to feature in a movie. See conversation below:
“It’s safe to say you’re definitely one of the most sought after and respected actors in Nollywood, it most cost a producer millions of dollars to have you in his movie”, Uti asked.
The actor responded saying:
“I don’t know what you are talking about, I mean we are in Nigeria. I find ironically that I cost a lot less either because I’m blackmailed constantly by producers and directors. They’re my boys or their younger, no money. You’ll be amazed that for every three films, I’ll probably do two free, practically for next to nothing. It’s just hard to say no.”
So, when next you see him in a movie,it could be for free.