Nollywood actors want you to know that they get turned on on set

Bolanle Ninolowo

A lot of things happen on the typical movie set, actors fumbling their lines, someone in the crew making jokes, or even from the director, to lighten the mood. Romantic scenes have their own dynamic. From an actor’s perspective, there’s the inevitable curse of biology which simply means male actors won’t stop getting erections. We are in peril, guys.

Not that it’s a bad thing, but we have now been forced to be aware of it. Keep your erections, thanks. In a recent chat with Punch, Bolanle Ninalowo revealed that he has been aroused on set. Whoo-hoo, we are so surprised. “Believe it or not, it probably happened to me once or twice within my career. However, my eyes and mind are always on the prize.” the Picture Perfect actor said.

And this is before he said he doesn’t fancy any female actress. Not into any. He gets the job done. OK, Commando. Same actor that had his head buried in Mercy Aigbe’s breasts on the set of Judas but was hardly criticised for it, while Aigbe received a torrent of criticism when she posted images on social media.

Maybe I’m wrong, but that was the female sexual brag, assertively leveling the gendered sexual landscape that pardons men for things like getting turned on. “I once got aroused while kissing on set,” OC Ukeje unsolicitedly informed us in 2016. Ugh. Who cares? Interestingly, Ukeje made this statement while still married to Ibukun Togonu-Bickersteth. Conversely, Nollywood female actresses can’t get away with that sexual-hued soundbite, with social media fomenting into the kind of digital toxicity that circumscribes women.

The latest from the Nollywood canon of male sexual arousal is Vector, who said back in May that he was aroused when kissing Seyi Shay on the Lara and the Beat movie set. I’m yet to take Vector seriously as an actor but please, give me a break. And these guys should stop rubbing our noses into their…I can’t even mention it.

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