Mahershala Ali: A white actor can just be an actor – BreakingNews.ie

Mahershala Ali: A white actor can just be an actor – BreakingNews.ie

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Mahershala Ali says black actors have to be “professors of cultural studies”, while a white actor “can just be an actor”.The True Detective and Moonlight star, 44, told Esquire UK that white actors “are only asked about race if they’re doing a civil rights project”.“(Otherwise) they talk about their process and life. But black actors are always talking about diversity, where the culture’s at, where it’s going, ” he said.The cover of Esquire UK (Esquire UK Cass Bird)“We have to be professors of cultural studies where a white actor can just be an actor!”The US actor also told how he decided not to pursue a career in basketball despite winning a scholarship in the sport.“I found college sports exploitative. They saw players as a product.
We were just there to win championships, ” the former House Of Cards star added.“So I used sports to pay for my education. I knew I had to do something creative.”Mahershala Ali photographed for Esquire UK (Esquire UK/Cass Bird)He said of landing the role of Wayne Hays in True Detective following his Oscar win for Moonlight: “It’s just a massive role, expansive. It checks so many boxes for me as an actor, that in terms of ....


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