Actor Kunle Remi has revealed some of the biggest challenges he faced while filming Kunle Afolayan’s Anikulapo with Bimbo Ademoye.
The thespian among other challenges, stated that he was uncomfortable speaking the language (Yoruba) used in the movie, despite being of Yoruba descent himself, although he was born in Gboko, Benue.
Anikulapo is the story of Saro, (played by Kunle Remi) a travelling clothe weaver, who was beaten to death for having an affair with the Alaafin’s youngest wife named Arolake, played by Bimbo.
A mystical bird brings him back to life, leaving behind a gourd with the power to raise the dead.
Speaking on the challenges in a recent Instagram post, Kunle said:
“First I had to speak a language I wasn’t comfortable speaking, I had to climb the mountain, that river, we did not know what was beneath that river. It was a risk but we got into the river.
You see, Bimbo she is a beast. I weigh a 100kg and I put all of that weight on Bimbo and I said sorry I am doing this and she was like ‘lets go’ that’s why you will feel the pain Arolake felt. She held me up. I gave her everything and she gave me everything in return.”
Set in the 17th-century Oyo Empire, the movie stars actors like Kunle Remi, Bimbo Ademoye, Sola Sobowale, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Taiwo Hassan, Faithia Williams and Adebayo Salami.
Others include Moji Afolayan, Kareem Adepoju, Yinka Quadri, Aisha Lawal, Ropo Ewenla, Adewale Elesho, Sunday Omobolanle and Toyin Afolayan.
Kunle, his daughter Eyiyemi Afolayan and Yemi Elebuibon make special appearances.