I’m a producer’s actor first: Akshay Kumar

Mumbai: Akshay Kumar says his work ethic has helped him get through difficult times in Bollywood as producers trusted him even when he had over a dozen flops to his name.

The actor, who is playing an assistant manager with dreams of leading the newly Independent India to Olympic victory in period drama Gold, said he has always considered himself to be producer’s actor first and that’s the advice he gave to his co-star, debutante Mouni Roy.

“Once I had 16 flops but I still had four more films (to release). Not because I was a director’s actor (yes, you have to be that) but because I was a producer’s actor. The producer is the one who invests money. One of them said, ‘It’s a two-hero film. This guy is fine. He is punctual, he does an okay job and he’ll do action and all’,” Akshay said recalling an incident from his early career.

“I believe in long-term thinking. I believe you have to be a producer’s actor first, then the director’s actor,” he added.