Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards Majid Michel says he does not charge in Ghana cedis for featuring in movies.
The top African actor in an interview agreed to mention the fee he takes before appearing in a movie and it is not a chicken change. The ‘Somewhere In Africa’ actor disclosed that he takes about $15,000 (GH66,000) for a movie.
“I take $15,000 per movie and not cedis”. He added that the highest amount he has charged to play a role in a movie is $35,000 dollars which is equivalent to (Gh155,000).
Michel entered professional acting by auditioning for a modelling agency; a neighbour had introduced him to that agency. He was invited to join the modeling agency, Super Model Agency, on the behest of his next-door neighbour. He starred in the television series Things We Do for Love, acquiring his nickname “Shaker” on the set. His role on Things We Do for Love was to be played by a Lebanese boy, and Michel attributes being given the role due to his Lebanese heritage.
Things We Do For Love became a success and propelled him into the mainstream. On the strength of his performance in the series, he was cast in his first movie, Divine Love, as the male lead, alongside Jackie Aygemang as the female lead, with Van Vicker in a supporting role. All three used their roles in the movie to debut their movie careers. Divine Love was a huge success, turning Majid Michel, Jackie Agyemang and Van Vicker into household names across Ghana.
In 2008 Majid Michel starred as the lead role in the film Agony of the Christ, which received seven nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009.