Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has lauded Genevieve Nnaji’s acting abilities saying she is an authentic actress that fits the role of his mother.

Speaking in Lagos during the promotion of his directorial debut, ‘Farming’, Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays the role of ‘Kurse’ in Marvel studio’s ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ says he had two reasons for casting Genevieve Nnaji for the role of his mum in his film, ‘Farming’.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who had earlier featured in ‘Matrix’ alongside Matt Damon said having Genevieve Nnaji in his directorial debut is one of the sweetest triumphs he’s had with ‘Farming’.

So, to me, that was one of the sweetest triumphs. You know, marrying Hollywood, Nollywood, and bringing one of our stars on the big Hollywood platform. So I can’t be happier. It’s a dream of mine to marry the two, you know industries and we’ve got to do that with her performance and also for the young Nigerian filmmaker as well. 

“So not only in front of the screen, but also behind the screen of higher young Nigerian filmmaker, Baba Agba, who’s from here, and he did some of the Nigerian footage for the film. You know, they were happy that I was able to incorporate some of our people on the big stage,” the actor and director says.

Farming was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018 alongside Genevieve’s directorial debut, ‘Lionsheart’. The film has gone ahead to win awards at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. The film will start screening in Nigeria after a private screening on Saturday, October 19, 2019.