Wednesday, 17 April

Los Angeles: Prince David Osei remembers being told gay sex was the way to enter, progress in Hollywood

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Movie star Prince David Osei

According to Prince David Osei, “everywhere you go,” in Hollywood, you meet members of the LGBTQIA+ community who make advances at you, promising to help your advancement.

He intimated this was a great turnoff for him and it is why he has not yet appeared in major Hollywood productions. 

Prince David said "somewhere around 2017," he stayed in the United States of America, where his wife and children reside, for two years "trying to chase" his "goal" of being "in mainstream Hollywood" but eventually settled for just "a taste of it".

During this time, he said, he made several observations, one of which was, it was "better" to be discovered and engaged by Hollywood while one enjoys "big" stardom in their country of origin or residence, than to travel to Hollywood desiring to "penetrate their market" by auditions and one's own strategy, in which case, "your value kind of decreases". 

The filmmaker made the revelation talking to Nana Romeo on Accra 100.5 FM’s Ayekoo Ayekoo, Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Prince David Osei played Sgt Daniel Dembele in the 2010 horror/action movie called The Dead. 

"That was the first thing that took me to America," he said. "A Hollywood production that came to Ghana scouting for actors."

He explained "he auditioned, got the role and we shot in Burkina Faso, London, and LA-US," adding it was his first time in America, and the opportunity motivated him to think he "could do more".

However, he said, he soon realised he was unhappy "with a lot of things when I got to Hollywood," because "there's a whole lot of things you have to compromise".

“Some of the people I met that were in the business, some of them were on the other side. And I’m a very straight person.

“From conversations, you notice they are on a totally different path from mine, and so I told them to take their Hollywood. I’m not interested.

“It discouraged me because that was what I saw from the very beginning,” he said.

“Those were the people all over,” the Ghanaian movie star added, “anytime we went for the premieres and Q&As after the movies.”

He recalled a time “in downtown LA”.

At this “drink up,” he said he met some of the producers, and while there, “this nice young man, Mexican Latino – very cute guy – came around”.

After they were introduced, Prince David said, the unnamed Mexican, “said he liked my physique”.

“At a point, he put his hand on my shoulder but I didn’t read much into it. But later, when the place got crowded, I felt someone press my bottom. Reflexively, I spun around and punched him. When that happened, they all asked: ‘What’s going on?’ and I said: ‘He just touched my bum’. They started laughing,” he narrated, noting their reaction upset him greatly.

“I told them: ‘No, you don’t touch me inappropriately’,” he stressed.

“After a while”, he went on, “the guy who touched me pulled me aside and told me: ‘Well, if you really want to excel here, you need people like me. You need people like us. We run the show here’.”

“I got that into my head,” Prince David said, indicating when he returned to his hotel, he told himself: “I can’t pay this price. No, it’s not worth it.”

Multiple award-winning Ghanaian actor Prince David Osei is also a model and a philanthropist. 

Source: classfmonline.com/Prince Benjamin