A KENYAN pirate negotiator has told of his surprise that he is set to be the subject of a Hollywood film, but reckons he may be too busy to see it.
Andrew Mwangura heads the non-profit East African Seafarersâ€™ Assistance Programme, which works to free ships held by Somali sea raiders.
Oscar-nominated actor Samuel L Jackson reportedly plans to star as the 47-year-old maritime consultant.
Variety magazine reported last week Jacksonâ€™s Uppity Films and Andras Hamoriâ€™s H20 Motion Pictures had secured the life rights to Mwanguraâ€™s story.Â Last year, Hamori flew to Mombasa, Kenya, near where Mwangura is based, to thrash out the deal with theÂ former marine engineer.Â Hamori told Variety last week: â€œ(Andrew) has the trust of the pirates and the ship owners, and his loyalty is to the kidnapped crews that get caught in the middle of these episodes.â€
Mwangura, who receives no payment for his negotiating work, spoke to the BBCâ€™s Network Africa programme of his surprise at the Hollywood producerâ€™s visit.
â€œI told him: â€˜Why me? And why you flying all the way from America to Europe just to see me and then for only one day, then fly back?â€™â€ he said.
â€œThey say itâ€™s because youâ€™re a hero, thatâ€™s what they say. And I told them Iâ€™m not a hero… because what Iâ€™m doing, Iâ€™m doing for the benefit of mankind.â€
Mwangura indicated he would probably have little time to visit the cinema when the film about his adventures hits the big screen.Â â€œI have no time to enjoy life. I have no time for social activities,â€ he said. â€œI have no time to listen to music, most of the time I use reading and writing and travelling.â€
Earlier this year, Mwangura helped secure the release of a Ukrainian ship which was carrying Russian-made tanks and weapons.Â â€” BBCOnline.