Black actors don’t get cast on potential: Mahershala Alihttps://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/hollywood/mahershala-ali-on-black-actors-5651370/

Black actors don’t get cast on potential: Mahershala Ali

Green Book actor Mahershala Ali is of the view that black artistes do not get cast on the basis of their talent. He believes that his role as Remy Danton in House of Cards gave casting directors "permission" to put him in their projects.

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Mahershala Ali thinks “African-Americans don’t really get cast on potential.” (Photo: Mahershala Ali/Instagram)

Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali says he finds it “frustrating” that black artistes do not get cast on the basis of their talent.

The actor, whose career breakout role came as fixer Remy Danton in House of Cards, believes the role gave casting directors “permission” to put him in their projects.

“I had many years of auditioning, booking gigs, almost booking jobs and making some real allies in the business – people who wanted to cast me in things but I just wasn’t a big enough name. What House of Cards did was give people permission to cast me, “Ali told Heat magazine.

“It can be frustrating. Just to be frank with you, African-Americans don’t really get cast on potential. I hope that now I will have a window where I can finally do a lot of the kind of work I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I’ve spent a long time playing the man next to the man next to the man. Finally, I’m getting to play the man!” he added.

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Following the success of House of Cards, the 45-year-old actor went on to win two Oscars in Best Actor in a Supporting Role category for Moonlight (2016) and Green Book (2019).

This year he also played the lead role of a troubled police officer in the third season of the HBO anthology crime series True Detective.

Ali previously revealed he had to convince creator Nic Pizzolatto to change the character’s ethnicity to black.