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Veteran Nollywood Actor Hanks Anuku Debunks Viral Video Portraying Him as Mentally Unstable

Recall the viral video that portrayed veteran Nollywood actor Hanks Anuku as mentally unstable? He has come out to debunk the video, sharing how it caused significant harm to his career and emotional well-being.

The video surfaced in 2022, showing the actor in tattered clothing, seemingly talking to himself, which gave the impression that he was mentally ill. There was widespread speculation that his mental health had succumbed to drug use, with others insisting that he was going through tough times. Fellow actress Shan George debunked the video shortly after it emerged, emphasizing that Hanks Anuku was not insane as speculated. She stated that the video was from a movie set in Asaba, Delta State, for a film project.

However, internet personality Adanma Luke insisted on the contrary, calling out the Nollywood industry for covering up the truth about Hanks’s situation. She also pleaded for help for him before it was too late.

The controversial opinions split public opinion as no one knew what to believe. The Actor’s Guild of Nigeria (AGN) conducted investigations into the matter.

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Finally addressing the issue in a conversation with content creator Lucky Udu, Hanks confirmed that the video was indeed from a movie set. He claimed that the video was circulated to destroy his image when he was only preparing for a role as a mentally unstable character.

He said, “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.

“So I had to naturally visit the environment to understand how I would play it in that same neighborhood. 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.”

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