The #VIRIDiaries series continues here on the MMPR blog and today we bring you our little chat with one of the main characters. Read below to find out more about him…
Alenne Menget, is a Cameroonian Investigative journalist, actor, writer, singer, comedian and CEO of ATS Productions. His greatest inspiration as an actor and a person as a whole was his late father who was also a writer and an actor so growing in his footsteps has been a rewarding process to Alenne.
Alenne started early hosting events and radio shows and then enrolling on a Journalism course at the University of Buea which led him to work as a journalist almost all his life while doing acting on the side. Today he owns a production house that produces socially conscious documentaries, awards, and events.
MMPR: IF YOU WERE NOT AN ACTOR WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
AM: I think my introductory line already answered that question ha-ha. Acting is my passion it is not my career. So I am a journalist by profession and every other thing is a passion of mine.
MMPR: WHAT PROJECTS HAVE YOU WORKED ON SO FAR?
AM: My very first film was SACRAMENT by a Nigerian director Emeka Igwegbu in cooperation with the Joe Walkie foundation starring Emmanuel Franz of Nigeria. Then I produced and starred in VIRAL SQUAD, and the first English Comedy THE RETURN TO BATIBO.
I also did JUNGLE OF HEIRS with Jim Iyke and Quinta Eyong. FAR produced By Agbor Gilbert Ebot, MY GALLERY directed by Johnscott Enah and then VIRI produced by Nkanya Nkwai and just to name a few.
MMPR: HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH VIRI?
AM: I got involved with VIRI through the producer Nkanya who is a good friend of mine and with whom I share mutual appreciation of work. I read the script and I knew I had to do the film.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT VIRI THAT MOTIVATED YOU?
AM: It is a film about a jungle, frogs, mis-communication and love, Perfect combination. I have rarely done movies with such endearing nature and I have been taking roles that are challenging with extreme characters. The character I play Mr. Ebena is one of those roles, like I speak no English at all and I don’t dress fancy, I am a hunter, it is exciting.
MMPR: HOW WAS IT ON SET WITH YOUR CO-STARS, AND THE CREW OF VIRI?
AM: A remarkable thing about VIRI is that it required different personas from the characters so the set was always hilarious. A lot of the characters don’t speak English and can’t understand each other so it was hard to keep a straight face. The crew was professional, make up on point. The D.O.P; ANCESTOR is one hell of a guy who worked on the award winning NINAH’S DOWRY.
MMPR: WHO WAS THE ONE PERSON THAT FACILITATED YOUR WORK, WHOM YOU FOUND IT MOST EASY WORKING WITH?
AM: Ha-ha, this is a tricky one but I will say the director JOHNSCOTT ENAH. I would work with him any time any day anywhere. He is patient, tolerant, composed, in fact he is just a delight. I would cheat on this one by also mentioning some great actors that facilitated the work like DESMOND WYTE and FONACHI STEPHANIE.
MMPR: WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS STORY IN CAMEROON TODAY? WHAT LESSONS CAN BE DRAWN FROM IT?
AM: This story is significant in Cameroon today in its originality. It is not the typical glamour movie with a recycled story. It is fresh, it exposes our languages, blends our culture and indigenous life. I believe viewers will learn the value of communication, love, family and togetherness.
MMPR: IN FAIR COMPARISON WHAT WAS PARTICULAR TO THE VIRI SET AS TO OTHER SETS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
AM: The set of VIRI was full of life and laughter that’s it in summary. Most times the vibe on set is so serious and tensed because the script is a serious one but this was an exact opposite.
MMPR: WHERE DO YOU SEE CAMEROON ENTERTAINMENT IN FUTURE YEARS?
AM: Our entertainment is growing and expanding. We see lots of collaborations more often with international and national artists; gradually we are using our bilingual advantages. I see the next years promising in Cameroon entertainment.
MMPR: LAST VIRI WORD…
AM: Mr. and Mrs. Ebena will crack up your ribs. So do watch VIRI when it is out.
Below are some images of Alenne from the VIRI set and off set.
Based on this our chat with Alenne, we are even more excited to see VIRI the movie when it is released. Hope you the public will love it like we do! See you soon here on the #VIRIDiaries series.
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