‘Viral video insinuating I was mentally unstable ruined my career’ – Hanks Anuku

Nollywood veteran, Hanks Anuku, has shared how a viral video that falsely portrayed him as mentally unstable affected his career and mental health.

DAILY POST recalls that a disturbing video showing Anuku dressed in tattered clothes, appearing to talk to himself, surfaced online in 2022, sparking speculations that he was mentally unstable.

Despite a disclaimer from his colleague, Shan George, many, including filmmaker, Adanma Luke, insisted that the actor was mentally unstable, which led the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, launching an investigation into the matter.

Addressing the incident for the first time in a chat with content creator, Lucky Udu, Anuku revealed that the video was from a movie set.

He disclosed that it was circulated by people trying to tarnish his reputation.

He added that the video caused him personal pain, stressing that he lost friends and was blacklisted by filmmakers.

“I was trying to get into character for a role I was going to play, a madman role. Someone who was not in his correct senses or right frame of mind,” Anuku said.

“So I had to go naturally visit the environment on how I would play it in that same neighbourhood. I was just showing the way the director wanted me to do it, meditating and getting into character.

“I lost friends, producers no longer contacted me for jobs. I lost a lot of money, I lost jobs, and I was jobless. People did not care about me. It was God who directed my footsteps to a good soul.

“I went through pain, if you were in my shoes you would feel it. I was heartbroken for these people to do this to me.”