Having starred in a number of Akan movies, Kumasi- based actress, Mercy Asiedu says she is ready to take on the world of glamour. “Put me in any English language movie and see me deliver better than I’ve ever done before”, she told Showbiz last Tuesday.
“I have what it takes to do English language movies. Performing with English as dialogue, is it not just about memorising your lines? A good actress needs to understand what the dialogue really means and then rehearse properly as the script and director demands.
“I don’t think I will have any problems when it comes to playing roles in English movies” Mercy Asiedu said. According to her, most people think that Akan speaking actors cannot act in English language movies, popularly referred to as “glamour movies”.
“This is totally untrue”, she said.
To her, the Akan speaking actors are better than their English counterparts because the former translate their scripts from English into Akan before they perform. “In every Akan movie that I have featured in, I translated my script from English into Twi which is not an easy thing but I manage to do it” she said.
Unfortunately for Mercy, no English language movie producer has invited her to feature in such a movie. But she has not given up. She looks forward to the day that she would be given the opportunity to prove herself. Asked why she is usually paired alongside Agya Koo in movies, Mercy said she felt comfortable acting with Agya Koo because the two have been acting since their days of concert party.
“When I am paired with Akrobeto, Kyeiwa or Agya Koo, I always perform well because we flow together. More so, we have been acting from the days of Concert Party and that makes me get along with them than the new crop of actors.” Mercy said. Known for movies such as Psalm 23, Asoreba, Job and I know My Right, Mercy said it would be wrong for anyone to say she is not forging ahead now.
According to her, she is hotter than before. “I have gained a lot of experience from the many years I have been acting and have since improved on my acting. I don’t have to rehearse for a long time before I get it right”.
On her music career, Mercy who is putting finishing touches to her second album claims her debut, Nyame Adwuma was well received and was grateful to Ghanaians for accepting her music. Asked to choose between acting and music, Mercy said she could not do without either. “I was into music before I started acting and cannot do without them.
The mother of two said her fans should watch out for more movies and music from her this year.
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