Mahershala Ali says he refused to film sex scene because of his religion

Mahershala Ali says he refused to film sex scene because of his religion

Mahershala Ali is opening up about his award-winning acting career and the limits he sets when accepting roles.

The 46-year-old actor, who has starred inThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “House of Cards” en “Moonlight,” got candid on Common’sMind Power Mixtapepodcast about his personal and professional life.

When speaking about his role as Tizzy Weathers inThe Curious Case of Benjamin Buttonopposite Taraji P. Henson, he revealed why he refused to film a sex scene with the actress. It turns out it was a request he made before he ever made it to set.

So my old agent called me and said, ‘Mahershala, you got the part,'” Ali recalled via Bladsy ses. “And I said, ‘There’s just one thingThere is that one sex scene where they kissIf there’s a sex scene, I can’t do it.'

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Ali is reportedly an Ahmadi Muslim. He went on to tell his agent: “I don’t do simulated sex.

Actor Mahershala Ali explains why he's turned down sex scenes in film.

Actor Mahershala Ali explains why he’s turned down sex scenes in film. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Director David Fincher supported his request, resulting in the actor and Henson kissing in a scene.

It wasn’t clear if [Fincher] was trying to have like some bumping and grindingwhich I doube he was,” Ali continued. “But for me evenat that time, 15 jare terug, I was still like, ‘Ok, I can only go up to this point,’ just because ofjust trying to hold a space of respect for my religion.

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Ali was the first Muslim actor to score an Oscar for his role inMoonlight” in 2017. Two years later, he became the first Black actor to win two Academy Awards in the same category, volgens berigte.

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In 2019, Ali also took home a Golden Globe for his role as the real-life Don Shirley inGreen Book.” His win came amid some backlash he faced from Shirley’s real family, who claimed his portrayal of the musician was not accurate.

After his win, Ali addressed the controversy backstage at the awards show.

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“I will say this, my job is always the same: I have to look at what I am doing and be responsible for it.”

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