August 24, 2018

Ufuoma McDermott’s comedy movie, ‘What Just Happened’, to hit cinemas in September

Ufuoma McDermott’s comedy movie, ‘What Just Happened’, to hit cinemas in September

Nollywood actress, Ufuoma McDermott is set to release her new comedy movie titled What Just Happened.

Expected to hit cinemas across the country on September 14, 2018, it features a cast of humor merchants like Afeez Oyetoro, Segun Arinze, Toyin Abraham, Mc Abbey, Funny bone, Mike Ezuruonye with McDermott herself playing the lead role.

“The story is about a disgruntled professor who goes in search of a man. She takes up her brother’s offer for the position of a visiting lecturer at the University of Ibadan. So, what should have been a one-hour journey from Lagos to Ibadan ends up being a disaster. Partly, (this was) as a result of her high-handedness and selfishness. The entire movie is a testimony, which is being recounted in church”, she explains.

This is not her first shot at making a comedy movie as she was also responsible for Christmas is coming which was a romantic comedy.

“I intentionally assembled an unusual cast; you don’t get to see the kind of cast in typical Nollywood films. For instance, nobody can dispute the fact that Segun Arinze is a damn good actor. I say to people that as much as I want people to laugh, I want people to leave the cinema after seeing my film, feeling satisfied. It’s not enough for you to just laugh. I want to be taken for a serious filmmaker. I want to be able to refer to my films many years from now with no regrets whatsoever”, she explained further.

On what it takes to shoot a comedy movie she said “I tend to respect a lot of comedy actors so much because it’s so difficult to make people laugh. It’s difficult to make light of your life.

“Everything about us is serious now. I have never really played a comedic character. So yes it was a new challenge for my co actors and I on set. They were so hilarious that it was difficult keeping a straight face on set.

“When we were shooting the church scenes, my goodness, we laughed so hard in fact at a point even MC Abbey asked us to regroup and shoot another day.

McDermott started out as a model before switching to the screen. Her journey into Nol­lywood began in Zeb Ejiro’s 2004 movie, The President Must Not Die.