UmezÂ is a Nigerian actor. He has acted in more than 200
Nollywood films of both English and Yoruba languagesÂ since his debut in the
1994 film Died Wretched: Buried in N2.3m Casket.Â
His birthday was born On 23rd August. And below
Are FiveÂ (5) interesting things you probably
didnâ€™t know about the talented
1. He was Born August 23, Tony is a native of
Ogidi in Anambra, while his mother is from Cross River State.
2. Tony Umez made his acting debut in 1994 with
the movie â€˜Died
3. The actor has a bachelorâ€™s
degree in English, and a Masterâ€™s degree in
International Law and Diplomacy from University of Lagos.
4. Tony got married to his wife
Patsy in 1999, after they met on a movie set.
Tony Umez got married to wife in 1999,
after they met in 1994.
5. In 2013, the actor came under attack
for his role in movie â€˜Room
027,â€™ which was described as
WhenÂ He announced the death of his mum through a
Facebook post in 2013.Â In 2014, he was heavily
criticized for featuring in the soft-pornographic film Room
027â€³I did a movie, and I
didnâ€™t see it as soft-pornâ€, Tony
Umez talks Room 027
He also Speaks about the soft porn
movie,Â Room 027, which he featured in
Excerpts from the interview:
Â I donâ€™t speak
nor understand Igbo.Â Itâ€™s a long
story which I wouldnâ€™t want to talk about now.
Itâ€™s sad but there is nothing I can do about it.
In fact, the little I understand is as a result of my wife. My wife
is from Okija.
I am from Ogidi in Anambra
State. I speak English and Efik fluently because my mum comes from
Cross River State. I grew up in Lagos and as a result, I speak
Yoruba too. I have done some Yoruba movies. I have also done an
Efik movie. It is not as if IÂ never had Igbo friends
while growing up. But I thank God for His mercies. I have never for
once run away from my roots.
My Igbo brothers know that I
donâ€™t understand Igbo as much as I should. They
are very accommodating and it doesnâ€™t make me a
worthless person or alienate me from them. They respect me for who
I am, and I respect them for who they are. Basically, they
donâ€™t discriminate against me. That I
donâ€™t feature in Igbo films is because I am not
very fluent in speaking the language.
There has been a lot of
brouhaha about the film [Room 027]. So many misconceptions. I did a
movie, and I didnâ€™t see it as soft-porn. Those
who are labelling the film as â€˜x-rated
movieâ€™Â have not watched, till the
end. They only watched the trailer and concluded that it
isÂ soft porn. I read the script, which was written by
one of the very best in the industry Dami Joe Efe
It was a wonderful script. The
lady in question played the lead role in the
It was a 2-hour movie, but
people areÂ focusing on that particular scene which
just happened. And it wasnâ€™t as if there was sex
on set. Everything was basically make-believe. It was made to look
Â real and people believed it too. I
donâ€™t blame them because they have their own
opinions while I have mine.
as if there was sex all through the movie. It was just an aspect of
the whole movie. The movie generated a lot of controversies when it
was released. Some people commended it while many others were
I received some foreign calls,
commending the movie because they watched it till the end. But a
lot of peopleÂ who criticized it watched only the
trailer online. Like I always tell people, I have weathered the
storm and I have moved on.