Crossover actor par excellence, and star of countless DStv-sponsored productions including, Edge of Paradise, Norbert Young has come out to declare that even though home video appearance pays him more, acting on stage is where his fulfillment comes from.
The actor who is regarded as one of the best-trained movie role interpreters in Nollywood, added that whenever he had the rare opportunity to see some of the productions he starred in many years ago, he is usually overtaken by a feeling of amazement.
Long before the advent of home video, the Warri, Delta State-born thespian, has always been a delight to watch on screen. Many television viewers, especially those who followed rested soap opera, Checkmate, would readily recall his face as the randy lecturer, Professor Okon. But, whoever thought that was his first outing in a nationally aired television drama, had obviously been mistaken, as we found out.
Norbert Young was part of the detective drama series, Third Eye, which ran in the 1980s.
Though he savors the plus of being seen by an elite audience across over twenty countries in Africa and possibly beyond, via DStv, he prefers the mass audience to a select one. Don’t blame him though, after all, he had had to wow movie audiences in several countries that the Nigerian home video has journeyed to.
The University of Ibadan and University of Benin trained actor, who actually started his acting career at the University of Ibadan, after his Diploma in Theatre, believes strongly that he is one of the best trained actors in the whole world, and this he tried to justify with the argument that he passed through some of the best theatre teachers around.
Whether one acquiesced or not, really, no actor worth his onions would pass through the likes of late Professor Zulu Sofola, Ola Rotimi, Bayo Oduneye, Mrs. Ajayi, Professor Dapo Adelugba and Femi Osofisan amongst other erudite theatre scholars, and wouldn’t thumb his chest with pride to assert that he or her received one of the best trainings available for practitioners in the art.