Long right before he grew to become a two-time Oscar winner, Mahershala Ali‘s very first main movie purpose came in 2008’s The Curious Scenario of Benjamin Button — but he just about experienced to flip it down.

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On an episode of Widespread‘s podcast Mind Energy Mixtape, Ali discovered that he refused to execute a planned sex scene with his costar Taraji P. Henson in the David Fincher film owing to his religious beliefs. Ali, a practising Ahmadi Muslim, claimed he advised his agent at the time, “I never do simulated sexual intercourse.”

“My aged agent identified as me and claimed, ‘Mahershala, you got the aspect.’ And I said, ‘There’s just one particular thing… There is that 1 intercourse scene where by they kiss… If there is a sexual intercourse scene, I can not do it,’ ” the actor recalled.

Fortuitously, Fincher was accommodating, and the scene as filmed did not involve simulated sex. In the concluded movie, “Taraji and I get started to kiss, and we drop out of the frame,” Ali defined. “It wasn’t apparent if [Fincher] was seeking to have, like, some bumping and grinding… which I question he was… At that time, 15 a long time back, I was continue to like, ‘OK, I can only go up to this place,’ just mainly because of — just striving to keep a room of regard for my faith.”

Mahershala Ali sitting in a chair talking on a cell phone: Mahershala Ali says he refused to film a sex scene in David Fincher's 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' early on in his career due to his religious beliefs.

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Mahershala Ali states he refused to movie a sexual intercourse scene in David Fincher’s ‘The Curious Scenario of Benjamin Button’ early on in his job because of to his religious beliefs.

Ali, who converted to Islam in 2000, not too long ago played a Muslim spiritual chief on period 2 of Hulu’s Ramy. “Having to clearly show a Sheikh and religious leader who feels like a real human was seriously significant to me,” Ali told EW of the encounter.

The actor is up coming set to reunite with his Moonlight costar Naomie Harris for the Apple Tv set+ movie Swan Music, and has been cast as the vampire-looking superhero Blade in an impending Marvel movie.

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