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.