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Kumail Nanjiani on Refusing to Play Up His Accent for a Major Role: 'I Don't Regret It'

Kumail Nanjiani on Refusing to Play Up His Accent for a Major Role: 'I Don't Regret It'

Varietyadmits that despite an upcoming starring role in ’s “” and an Academy Award nomination in 2017 for co-scripting “The Big Sick,” he still struggles with feeling successful in Hollywood. But he felt a modicum of success when he started auditioning for parts that weren’t what he calls “stereotypical brown guy roles” or ones that required playing up his accent, like he had been doing during his first few years of auditioning.“I have a Pakistani accent, but they would be like, ‘Could you make it funnier? Lean in a little bit.’ And at some point, I decided I just wasn’t going to do that,”...

May 26, 2020
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