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Koby Maxwel’s ‘One Night In Vegas’ Featured In The Washington Post With A Confusing Beginning About Actress Yvonne Nelson

by on May 30, 2013
 

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The Washington Post Reporter DeNeen Brown wrote about Koby Maxwel's up coming movie "ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS" which wa shot in Washington DC. The post started with a very confusing beginning. I don’t know what the writer wanted to say but the first few paragraphs were about Yvonne Nelson, who stars in the movie alongside John Dumelo and Jimmy Jean-Louis, acting like a ‘diva on set’. Just check it out by yourself.

A drop-dead beautiful Ghanaian actress is yelling at the director. Her voice — with that slightly British Ghanaian accent — echoes across the polished marble floors and bounces off the baby grand inside a Montgomery County mansion that has been turned into a movie set.

Cameras have stopped rolling. Actors lean against the bay windows overlooking the swimming pool.

“I’m human!” shouts the movie star, Yvonne Nelson. “I can complain if I want to complain. I am not a robot.”

“No one can tell me what to do on my set!” warns the director, John Uche, a Ni­ger­ian who lives in Upper Marlboro. “I’ve directed bigger actors than you.”

The actress spins and storms up a circular staircase, retreating to her

bedroom lair and halting production.

This could be a disaster for this “Nollywood” movie. Filming has to be completed in three weeks.If the star quits, thousands of dollars are down the tube. The other actors — some of the biggest names in Africahave flown in from Nigeria and Ghana — will have wasted a trip. And the producer, Koby Maxwell, an award-winning Ghanaian musician turned moviemaker, will lose investors’ money.

Maxwell eyes the scene from the mansion’s kitchen, where he is peeling green plantains to boil for the cast’s dinner. Besides obtaining investors, writing the story, locking down actors and locations, and working with crew members on a major Nollywood production, he also has to cook supper.


As he rinses and slices, he tries not to show his worry. He has slept only two hours at a time in the past few weeks, worried about production, worried about accommodating actors, worried about filming on a shoestring budget. He cannot afford to lose this actress or this director. Everything is riding on “One Night in Vegas,” a movie Maxwell hopes will raise the bar on Nollywood production values.

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