Here’s why Mahershala Ali refused to do a sex scene with Taraji P Henson in David Fincher’s ‘Benjamin Button’

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Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali only had one condition in accepting a role in the 2008 film, The Curious Benjamin Button – that an intimate scene planned with his co-star Taraji P. Henson be abandoned by respect for his religion.

“So my old agent called me and said, ‘Mahershala, you got the part.’ And I said, ‘There’s only one thing … there’s a sex scene where they’re kissing. If there is a sex scene, I can’t (In the final shoot) Taraji and I start kissing, and we fall out of the frame. It wasn’t clear if (Fincher) was trying to have like bangs and squeals – which I doubt he was, ”Ali said on the Mind Power Mixtape podcast, reports the woman first. co.uk.

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Ali added: “But for me, even then, 15 years ago, I was still like, ‘OK, I can only go up to this point’, just because I’m trying to keep some space. respect for my religion. “

The actor recounted how he got into acting after having a keen interest in poetry in order to “connect” with his father.

“He didn’t really like sports. He was like, you know, music, art, and all that, so I was always looking for these ways that we connected. But as much as we were like some kind of weird couple. , we were like best friends when he passed away. And so the things that resonated with him, or whatever resonated with him, if there was an overlap there, I would be excited about any of those things, so I switched to being an actress writing mostly poetry, ”he recalls.

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Ali revealed that it started performing when his father was ill.

“I started when I went to New York. I was doing these little pieces for him, like performing them for him and it really turned him on, and then his friends and everything I did for them too. thinks that was the first time i had seen this kind of overlap where, like, he and i were both hooked up on something that felt real and real to both of us and so he passed away before i really started ” , he said.

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