Mahershala Ali talks about his award-winning acting career and the limits he sets when taking on roles.
The 46-year-old actor, who appeared in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “House of Cards” and “Moonlight,” was outspoken on Common’s “Mind Power Mixtape” podcast about his personal life and professional.
Speaking about his role as Tizzy Weathers in “The Curious Benjamin Button” opposite Taraji P. Henson, he revealed why he refused to film a sex scene with the actress. It turned out to be a request he made before he even made it.
“So my old agent called me and said, ‘Mahershala, you got the part,’” recalls Ali via Page Six. “And I said, ‘There’s only one thing… There’s this sex scene where they’re kissing… If there’s a sex scene, I can’t do it.’ ”
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Ali is said to be an Ahmadi Muslim. He went on to tell his agent, “I don’t do sham sex. “
Director David Fincher supported his request, which resulted in the actor and Henson kissing in one scene.
“It was not clear if [Fincher] was trying to get like thumps and squeaks… which I doubt it was, “Ali continued. But for myself… at that point, 15 years ago, I was still like, ‘Okay, I can only go until this point,’ just because of – just trying to save some space. respect for my religion ”.
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Ali was the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar for his role in “Moonlight” in 2017. Two years later, he became the first black actor to win two Oscars in the same category, according to reports.
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In 2019, Ali also won a Golden Globe for his role as the real Don Shirley in “Green Book”. Her victory came amid a backlash from Shirley’s real family, who claimed her portrayal of the musician was not accurate.
After his victory, Ali addressed the controversy behind the scenes at the awards show.
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“I will say this, my job is always the same: I have to watch what I do and be responsible for it.”