Kumail Nanjiani is known for his amazing sense of humour in films. He is best known for his work in The Big Sick, Men In Black: International and was recently seen in Netflix’s Lovebirds which is getting so much love all around the world. He will be next seen in Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ also starring Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and Richard Madden.
Kumail Nanjiani is an Oscar-nominated actor who got recognition with his film, The Big Sick which he co-wrote with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. In an interview with Variety, Stuber actor revealed that he lost on a role in a huge film because they wanted him to play up with Pakistani accent and he clearly refused it.
“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,” Kumail said. The Fist Fight actor mentioned that there are a few roles that needed more Pakistani and Indian accent which is totally fine but he “just didn’t want the comedy to just be coming from someone exaggerating their accent.”
Kumail Nanjiani also revealed that he never considered himself successful in Hollywood until he started auditioning for roles which he felt weren’t “stereotypical brown guy roles”. Talking about the role that he lost because he was asked to play up with the accent, The Late Bloomer actor revealed, “There was a really, really big movie, actually, that I auditioned for, and I was a taxi driver, and the director was like, ‘Hey, could you play up the accent a little bit?’ And I was like, ‘I’m sorry, I won’t.’ And then the guy felt really bad.”
Kumail didn’t reveal the film that he was talking about but according to Variety, it was Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. It’s because back in 2014, during one of the podcast episodes of ‘The Indoor Kids’ Najiani mentioned that he auditioned for Deadpool. In the same podcast, his wife Emily revealed that he is often asked to play up the accent and said, “Which you have been asked to do, and often you’re like, ‘No, thanks’”.
But as they say, whatever happens, happens for a good reason. He has now bagged a bigger and better role with Marvel’s The Eternals.