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Mahershala Ali Explains Why He Won't Do Sex Scenes in Movies



As a guest on Rapper Common's Podcast Mind Power Mixtape, Mahershala Ali (46) states that "simulating a love scene would go against his Islamic religion".

The topic came up as he was talking about his role in the 2008 film The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. Ali talks about getting a call from his agent about getting the role of Tizzy saying:

So my old agent called me and said, ‘Mahershala, you got the part.’ And I said, ‘There’s just one thing…There is that one sex scene where they kiss…If there’s a sex scene, I can’t do it.’

He added, I don’t do simulated sex.

Ali did accept the role and explained to Common how director David Fincher managed to construct the scene while still respecting Ali's beliefs. Ali stating:

Taraji and I begin to kiss, and we fall out of the frame…It wasn’t clear if [Fincher] was trying to have like some bumping and grinding … which I doubt he was. But for me even … at that time, 15 years ago, I was still like, ‘OK, I can only go up to this point,’ just because of — just trying to hold a space of respect for my religion.

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Imagine a female actor refusing sex scenes? She'd never get a job. How many roles for women don't involve nudity or rape? It's insane really.
IIRC Viola Davis stopped doing sex scenes on HTGAWM. I think she said she was tired of them and got injured doing one of them.
Injured???

heisenbergbitch

2 days ago

lloyd_llewellyn

November 21 2020, 14:48:18 UTC 2 days ago Edited:  November 21 2020, 14:49:07 UTC

i entered this post thinking i would find some profound stance against objectification and double standards in hollywood but nope...it had to be some guff about religious laws. is he also against simulated drinking in his roles because that goes against islam too? i believe i've seen him act drunk in one of his roles.
I just don’t get this... I’m not religious in the slightest but people are allowed to have their own beliefs and express what stops THEM from doing something they aren’t comfortable with. People are going to be religious, that’s life.
what? here you go again misconstruing my words. i'm not saying he isn't allowed to be religious, i couldn't give two shits. i'm just calling him out on what i think is hypocrisy. he was in moonlight and his character was supportive of main character's homosexuality. he also simulated drinking alcohol/being drunk in his other roles. how is that not going against islam but simulating sex is? had he just said he wasn't comfortable with doing on screen sex scenes and left it at, it would have sufficed. i'm not here for his pick and chose fundamentalism.

toxic_illusion

2 days ago

champagnemami

2 days ago

blakegrl

2 days ago

lloyd_llewellyn

2 days ago

blakegrl

2 days ago

lloyd_llewellyn

2 days ago

blakegrl

2 days ago

kashiyaek

2 days ago

ibby

2 days ago

Sex scenes aren't simulated like a fake beer or something is simulated though. The kissing and physical contact is real.
I don't have a problem with his 'hypocrisy' in this case because who exactly is it hurting? If that's his bar and his reasoning then that's his business. If producers don't want to hire him because of it that's fair too. But people make hypocritical compromises all the time whether for religious reasons or not. As long as they're not harmful or intended to do harm I don't have a problem.

lloyd_llewellyn

2 days ago

coldwater1010

2 days ago

lloyd_llewellyn

2 days ago

coldwater1010

2 days ago

I think it must be like being a "cafeteria catholic" - take the things that adhere to your own beliefs, but leaving out things that go against said beliefs (like homophobia). In his case, maybe he is against homophobia, but likes other aspects of the religion.
I wonder how these religious actors feel about homosexuality represented in films .. being lgbt myself, I always feel a little bit attacked by religious people
Ali was in Moonlight, so I assume he's fine with at least being in a side role to the gay character.
In Mahershala’s case he’s probably fine since his first Oscar was for Moonlight.
good point. i wonder what was ali's thought process about signing on to do moonlight. his character wasn't gay but he was supportive of the main character's homosexuality. wouldn't that also go against islamic religion? or is that open to interpretation?
pack it up richard dawkins, i know this isn’t the first religious person you’ve encountered that doesn’t follow every old ass testament to a t

gloeden

2 days ago

gloeden

2 days ago

poopoomagoogooz

2 days ago

gloeden

2 days ago

lloyd_llewellyn

2 days ago

gloeden

2 days ago

lloyd_llewellyn

2 days ago

lloyd_llewellyn

2 days ago

poopoomagoogooz

2 days ago

lloyd_llewellyn

2 days ago

coquettishkat

2 days ago

Well, he played a gay man in Green Book.

la_petite_singe

2 days ago

it's a valid reason tbh. good for him
some of you act like newly atheist teenagers when a post about religion comes up 🙄

i’m glad he’s been able to have his personal boundaries respected
for real, it's so fucking obnoxious
Lol although it’s super light this time around, it did make me of the Anthony Hopkins posts from 2 years ago.
Your comments in here are so on point and it's even better considering your username <3
❤️❤️
HOW did you get this username?!

britneyspears

2 days ago

Seriously. Was not expecting all these edgelord hot takes coming into this post
It’s interesting how men get to have these boundaries though. Jim Caviezel and the guy who played Edie’s husband on Desperate Housewives have the same stance. I’m curious if a woman in Hollywood could do this and still keep working at the same level. If I’m not mistaken part of the reason Leelee Sobieski stopped acting was due to the large amount of sexual type activity and scenes she found in the vast majority of roles.
I respect his choice but 😶 at his reasoning
Also I can’t imahine any female actress having this luxury without losing her job especially since he knew about it ahead of time
I mean, what difference does it make what his reasoning, or anyone's reasoning is, for not wanting to do a simulated sex scene in a movie?
Religion or not wanting to be exploited or just because they feel a way, are all valid reason to me for an actor to say "I don't want to do that."
The fact Fincher worked with him to make it work is what should be encouraged.
This is always such a weird take with a black man in Hollywood. It’s not like a straight white man saying this, he has a lot that could go wrong being black in Hollywood and making a stance. He’s very lucky to not have gotten black balled for this being black and daring to make a stance on his boundaries.
THANK YOU what is with these hot takes?? I swear ONTD likes to pretend to be open-minded and secular with folks they wanna fuck
But... House of cards tho? Or does he not think of fingering as sex
It has been years since I watched it though so I could be remembering wrong
or maybe he wasn’t able to get out of it, who knows
hmm fincher compromising on benjamin button but not on house of cards doesn't really track to me but what do i know

britneyspears

2 days ago

puramierda

2 days ago

The sex scene on HOC is pretty similar to every sex scene he's been in. The sex (or in that case fingering) was implied but you don't really see him doing anything, the camera pans away and focuses on something else (in that case, his costar).

It was similar to his sex scene in True Detective. I think it shows the negotiation that probably happens behind the scenes. There *is* a sex scene but it's cleverly shown on screen in a way that he's comfortable with.

puramierda

2 days ago

This is random but it reminds of the first ANTM season (I think?) where the girls had to do a shoot in the nude and Shannon and Robin did not want to do it at all because of religious reasons but everyone was like, suck it up buttercup.
its happened a number of times on that show where they make them pose nude or in lingerie and make a big mockery of them OH YOU DONT WANT TO BE NAKED? WELCOME TO THE BUSINESS. YOU CAN LEAVE NOW.
Ughhhhh. It's so gross.
I have noticed recently that sex scenes are really off putting to me. Like, if I'm into the story I'm not trying to get horny so quit that shit. I absolutely hate seeing young new actresses doing it too.

Covid might solve this tho
Good for him, standing his ground.

Jumping off the topic of religion, I kind of resent how generally ppl are more respectful of your boundaries if it’s religious. When I express that I don’t eat meat and rarely drink, people are less hostile and mocking if they assume it’s because of my apparent religion. I can’t simply love animals too much to eat them or hate how I feel the next day after drinking.
I mean how far would it go? I remember him getting kinda steamy with that senator lady in House of Cards. Would he make out with someone and have a body double? Like all the women in GoT after their first few seasons had body doubles. I'm sure many women would love that choice off the bat.
Honestly if I were an actress I'd refuse to do any love scenes past hand holding and a peck on the lips lmfaooo

so fake sex is bad but real kissing is fine? k
Whatever floats his boat, I guess.
I don't fuck with religion tho and I'd be lying if I said I don't automatically side-eye religious people. Either way, good thing he's a man bc if an actress pulled that, she would most definitely not be met with the same understanding & would get replaced by another one in a heartbeat.
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