Producers called me ‘fat’ and refused to work with me – Actor Mofe Duncan recounts

Popular Nollywood actor, Mofe Duncan has revealed that producers in the industry used to body shame him and decline giving him roles.

He made this known in response to a troll who referenced his weight, and told the person that filmmakers denied him acting gigs because of his body during the early days of his career.

The troll known as @iamadeogooluwayimika on social media, had asserted that he wasn’t fit to be considered as handsome because of his weight.

Producers called me 'fat' and refused to work with me - Actor Mofe Duncan

Duncan informed the man that he suffered a severe back injury while in the gym trying to lose weight to fit into people’s expectations.

In a post on his Instagram page, the movie star said the body shaming doesn’t bother him anymore but he decided to speak up for the sake of others suffering the same fate.

Mode Duncan wrote: “So this guy @iamadeogooluwayimika said I’m not allowed on the most handsome men in Nigeria list because I’m big. Lol! So comments like these brush off me like a leaf falling from a tree, zero impact. Zero damage.

“I’m a big guy, yes. I’ve been big for the past 10yrs, yes. Did I have a severe back injury whilst in the gym trying to look how people wanted me to look? Absolutely.

“I’ve been trolled and even had producers not want to work with me after calling me ‘fat’. Did it affect me years ago? Yes. Does it affect me now? Never. Has it affected my acting or my career? I’d let my movies speak for me.

“What about my personality? Never. Or my health? Nope. Now some would say ‘Ignore these trolls.’ I should, shouldn’t I? Yes.

“The thing is…. this post ain’t for me or about me, it’s for others like me who get body shamed or called ‘unpretty’ because they’re larger than their peers.”