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Mahershala Ali, John David Washington on Fielding Diversity Questions

“Green Book” star Mahershala Ali says he’s often asked questions about diversity or race, rather than his work, which he’s most passionate about.

“There’s only so much bandwidth in an interview, only so much space. Forty percent of my interview is usually around things of diversity or color,” he says. “You get to the questions about the work or the process so far down the line, that you almost don’t get to exhaust it.”

He points out that “actors who are white are never asked those questions, so they got all this runway to talk about the work.”

“What is it feel like to be a white actor?” jokes “BlacKkKlansman” star John David Washington, who appears with Ali in Variety’s Actors on Actors series.

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