Ghanaian actor Van Vicker, who is coming to Malawi on April 25, granted a telephone interview to reporter Kandani Ngwira in which among other things the heartthrob thanked his wife for understanding some of his romantic movies. Excerpts:
You are mostly cast in romantic movies, how does your wife react when she watches them?
It's not an easy feeling for her to watch. It's really tough because some roles have graphic scenes and I do some really bad things sometimes but she understands that it is just a movie. I think she is a very strong person and I thank God for my wife because she is very understanding. She has a great personality.
After you co-starred with Nadia Buari in the movie Beyonce and indeed in many other movies, the perception here in Malawi is that you are in a relationship with her, do people in Ghana and elsewhere think the same?
The truth of the matter is that we are just friends, professional colleagues if you like. I think this is just something the media created on the internet.
You will be coming to Malawi on April 29, what do you know about the country that you are visiting?
To be honest with you I don't know anything about Malawi. But I am looking forward to my visit and I want to learn more about your country.
Most Ghanaian stars are making inroads into Nollywood, how have you benefited and could this mean that the Ghanaian movie industry is not there yet?
Well I wouldn't say the reason Ghanaian actors are taking roles in Nigeria is because the industry in Ghana is in decline. The whole idea of collaborating as actors is more a show of unity as Africans. It's like we are putting our talent together and make something better, so it's more about unity than who is better and who is not. In similar fashion if I am coming to Malawi and I get involved in a movie it does not mean Malawi is bad but sharing ideas and helping one another to promote Africa. And in a way it's not just about projecting other countries but I am also flagging my country Ghana.
Movie stars are into a lot of things these days such as music, fashion and entrepreneurship, what else do you do apart from movies?
I am quite a busy person. Apart from acting I do a lot of things because I produce and direct my own movies. I have my charity foundation, The Sky Orange, and I am also run businesses in which I am not necessarily on the frontline, so I am quite a busy person really.
If you had not become an actor, what would you have loved to do?
I wanted to become a gynaecologist. That's what I would have become if it had not been for my acting career.
Ghana is a great football country, do you love football? Your compatriot Michael Essien plays for Chelsea FC, do you support his team?
I love football but I am a Manchester United fan.
You are a Red Devil?
Ha ha ha ha ha [laughs] yaa.
How much do you get per movie?
Well I cannot disclose that information because contracts differ from one another according to the nature of the role I am going to play in a movie, how far I'm travelling to act the movie and many other factors. But I am in a good range and I am doing well I can assure you of that.
Do you fancy yourself going to Hollywood one day?
Yes, of course, why not. It is everybody's ambition to cross over to Hollywood and it would be a dream come true for me if it happened. As a career actor I want to move a step further everyday so to move to a great stage like Hollywood or Bollywood would be great.
How many children do you have?
I have three children.
Apart from Malawi which other African countries have you been to?
Well I have been to Sierra Leon, Nigeria of course where I am at the moment, Liberia and South Africa. But my visit to South Africa had nothing to do with movies it was just personal.
Well that will be all for now...
Ohh you have run out of questions when the interview was getting exciting. Well I want my fans in Malawi to get ready for my arrival because am coming with thrills.