You watch yourself age and it’s hard to feel like a sex symbol.
White actors still get way more money in Hollywood. It’s been that way for a very long time. I hope it’ll change but it’s a matter of forcing that change.
There’s the argument that you can relate to someone who’s completely unrelatable. In the way that a director shows you his imagination on a film then I get to show you my imagination in a big dumb character.
The long and short of it is that I am now in a position in England to green light movies and that’s really excellent – not high-budget movies but movies none the less.
It’s really funny because the same people who loved me as Stringer Bell were the same people that were watching ‘Daddy’s Little Girls’ literally in tears.
It was deeply important for me to understand where Mandela came from. Because we know where he was going and that’s a famous story but who was he? Where did he come from? What was his upbringing?
I’d rather a young black actor read about success as opposed to how tough it was. I get these roles because I can act and that’s it. Hopefully that’s it.
I was cast in ‘Thor’ and I’m cast as a Nordic god. If you know anything about the Nords they don’t look like me but there you go. I think that’s a sign of the times for the future. I think we will see multi-level casting. I think we will see that and I think that’s good.