Mahershala Ali is now in charge
“It’s always fascinating to see how things have their own life, their own story,” Ali added. “It was the first role I got after Moonlight. It’s like, What is due diligence? And start to understand, like asking questions and doing your due diligence, ”he continued. “There is a lot to appreciate in this situation. Good, bad and in between. And I think it’s a circle. It’s a situation that got me to want to produce, that’s what I’ll say, because then you sit down at the table to understand how things get done, because whether or not you produce, as face of any kind of project, you are going to be impacted.
Becoming the face of projects has also changed work. One of the first things Ali noticed as an important actor was that he now spends a lot less time acting.
“Starting professionally, you feel like you have a lot of time to focus on acting, don’t you? And when you get it, you have enough time to work on doing a good job on it. I think as you get busier what I’ve found is that you feel like you’re acting less, ”he told me. “The best way I can think of it is, I think early in a fighter’s career, especially if you go back years, they might fight once every two months, or something like that. And then at a certain point it looks like a Floyd Mayweather thing, where you could fight twice in a year… And now I feel like I fight less, if that makes sense.
Ali took a few years away from the big screen to Real detective and Ramy, in which he was supposed to be the guest for a few episodes but ended up staying for most of a season. “His level of curiosity and his level of attention, I had the impression that he was doing the show with me; he had as much at stake as me, ”said Ramy Youssef, co-creator and star of the series, who told me he was still surprised that Ali was ready to play the role. “He’s coming out of two Oscars and he’s coming to do a Hulu show.”