Legendary actor, Psalm Adjeteyfio popularly known as T.T of Taxi Driver fame has revealed he was paid less for his role in the ever-popular “Taxi Driver” sitcom Tv series.
In an interview with MzGee, after presenting some items from Wilmar Africa Limited to him as part of her charity project, the famous actor revealed despite the orders of the Executive Producer of the series for him to be paid Three Hundred Thousand old Cedis per episode as the lead character, the Production Manager paid him One Hundred Thousand pocketing Two Hundred Thousand.
“…I was paid One Hundred Thousand during the shoot of Taxi Driver for one episode. I learnt the late John K (Executive Producer) had ordered I should be paid Three Hundred Thousand. The Three Hundred would be budgeted alright but at the end of the day, I was paid One Hundred as somebody takes my Two Hundred.”
“We were shooting the series every week and somebody was taking my Two Hundred Thousand for free. Someone may think of me a wealthy man [thanks to my body size] because of the fame unbeknownst someone was stealing from me.”
He reveals a conversation with the director of the production and her husband on their way from set one day revealed it was budgeted for him to receive Three Hundred Thousand. This according to him came as a surprise, making known the Executive Producer had earlier hailed him for the success of the series.
T.T further reveals throughout his over thirty years as a professional actor, he has never received up to Three Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc3000) for movies he has starred in as compared to new generation actors who take up to Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc5000) and even more for a production.
Due to his ailment [heart failure and diabetes], he has been rendered homebound and inactive from the silver screen. He appeals to movie producers to cast him for less strenuous roles in movies so to enable him properly fend for himself.
He has starred in movies such as “A Stab in the Dark”, “God Loves Prostitutes”, “Expectations” among top productions in the past. Aside “Taxi Driver”, he has also starred in the comedy series “James Town Fisherman” and has acted alongside Grace Omaboe (Maame Dokonu), Grace Nortey, Emmanuel Armah, Edinam Adatsi, Akorfa Edjeani Asiedu, Jake Aenan, Genevieve Nnaji, Pascaline Edwards, Naana Hayford and a host of others.