"I’d Love To Play Saint" - Adjetey Anang

Time is an important factor in business and many who want to be taken seriously are quick to blurt out the famous “time is money” line just to drive home the point. Those who stick to time are often taken seriously even by the many whom constantly struggle with the Ghana Man Time (GMT) syndrome. Popular actor Adjetey Anang, aka Pusher, is known by many to be a time-stickler and an actor who takes his profession seriously. In an interview with me, the actor revealed that working with some old hands of the acting profession had taught him some strong work ethics. Giving reasons for which he has often been highly commended by most of the filmmakers he’s worked with, he noted “I think, to a very large extent, it’s the training I received. It goes way back to when I was at the National Theatre with the national drama company, ‘Abibigroma’ where I begun some serious theater work with regards to stage. I had the likes of David Dontoh, Edinam Atatsi, the late Abbey Okine, Solomon Sampah, Dzifa Glikpoe, and the list goes on”. Pusher said the kind of seriousness these actors attached to acting, and the strict training he was later exposed to at the School of Performing Arts, naturally taught him rules of engagement in acting. The often calm and unassuming actor warmed his way into the hearts of viewers when he played Pusher, a notorious area boy who unleashed mischief, in Ivan Quashigah’s television series Things We Do For Love. So, what does this calm dude do to switch to the ‘Pusher mode?’ He said he always took time to critically study the character he plays. “Depending on the demands of the character or role, I’d go as far as going into the community where the character should live to watch what happens there. A typical example was when I was given the character Pusher, which I thought was enormous because I thought I could play the character BB better. “But after the director threw a challenge to me, I said look let’s do this in a different way…this is a loud character, a street kind of guy and so I went to sit in a bar somewhere around Chorkor just to listen to people and see how they carry themselves around…you’ll be amazed at the things I picked up, which I used to build up the character”. Pusher said that he recently played a psychiatrist in the movie Letters To My Mother, and that in order to fit in that role, he researched the renowned Ghanaian psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph Bediako Asare. “I was looking for writings on Dr. Asare just to know about him, what people have said about him, what kind of background he’s coming from and the challenges he faces in his job.Such information has a way of guiding you with what you’re doing, and so it added up to the role I played”, he revealed.