“It’s not for white people to understand”: Ncuti Gatwa Faced a Lot of Heat From Studio Execs For His Ad-Libbing on Sex Education, Had To Put His Foot Down

Ncuti Gatwa Faced a Lot of Heat From Studio Execs For His Ad-Libbing on Sex Education, Had To Put His Foot Down

Ncuti Gatwa is an incredibly talented star who has played many intriguing, influential, challenging, and complex roles, leaving fans glued to the screen, yearning to see more of him. In his illustrious career, the actor has secured his top position in the showbiz. In 2019, Gatwa gained the attention of Hollywood heavyweights for his remarkable performance in his British teen sex comedy-drama Sex Education, in which he played the role of Eric Effiong. 


This thought-provoking series has an intriguing plot, themes, and concept. While the titular show has continued to reach new heights, the 30-year-old actor once revealed how he fought hard to keep his ad-libbing dialogues, claiming that producers suggested removing those lines. The actor shared the surprising reason the studio execs approached him and tried to shut down those improvised lines.

Ncuti Gatwa Fought Hard With Producers to Keep His Ad-lib Dialogues

Ncuti Gatwa
Ncuti Gatwa

Ncuti Gatwa has successfully established himself as a top-shelf actor in the film industry. The actor has proved his versatility as an artist by displaying his unique cinematic talents and starring in genre-busting projects that have helped him cement his position in showbiz. While Gatwa has played many fascinating roles on the silver screen, his excellent portrayal of Eric Effiong in the Netflix teen sex comedy series Sex Education has propelled him to superstardom heights and earned him critical acclaim. 

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However, not all was well for the star on the set of this highly-rated show, as he previously revealed how he fought hard to keep his ad-lib dialogues while depicting his character. In a candid interview with British Vogue, the actor revealed that the executive producers of season one of his comedy series approached him as they suggested removing some of his improvised dialogues. Gatwa told the outlet, 

Ncuti Gatwa
Ncuti Gatwa

“There were producers coming up to me like, ‘This ad-lib, I don’t feel like white people will understand it,’” adding, “And I was like, ‘It’s not for white people to understand. There are many white people in this show for white people to understand, but I want this other group of people to understand Eric. And that’s what you want too. And they got that. We were all constantly learning on that job.’” 

Despite the challenges actor Ncuti Gatwa encountered while filming the titular show, he did his best to keep his ad-lib dialogues.

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Ncuti Gatwa Reveals His Experience Working in the Show

Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong
Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong

During his conversation with British Vogue, Ncuti Gatwa talked about his experience working in the highly acclaimed television series Sex Education. The actor claimed that he was amazed by the response and the love he received for depicting the role of Eric Effiong, saying,

“When the show first came out, I was living in Tottenham, and the amount of young boys from the block that would come up to me and be like, ‘Oi, I love Eric, you know!’ I was like, ‘Wow,’” he said. “I used to train at this gym with a lot of ex-cons and bodybuilders, and these guys would come up to me like, ‘Eric’s my favorite character,’ or ‘You’re my girlfriend’s favorite character,’ and I’m like, ‘Don’t lie!’ It was so cool because I could see the show opening up people’s minds.”

Since the actor made his head-turning debut as Eric Effiong in this titular Netflix series, his role has become a fan-favorite, with millions of people loving this fascinating character.

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Sex Education is available for streaming on Netflix.

Source: British Vogue

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