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Colman Domingo Is Tired Of Constantly Receiving Scripts About Slavery And Being Queer

The actor refuses to be cast in stereotypical roles based on his sexuality and race.

Colman Domingo recently told GQ that he often questions the scripts that come his way to avoid being typecast based on his sexuality and identity. He explained:

“The two things that I constantly get sent are about slavery and being queer, and I always think, ‘So, why are you sending me this, if this isn’t even any of my interests, really?’”

The openly gay Black-Latin actor focuses more on writing and producing projects that ‘have a lot of light in them,’ instead.

Approach To The LGBTQ+ Community In Hollywood

Domingo did play LGBTQ+-related roles, though. He won an Oscar for his performance as the gay rights activist Bayard Rustin in 2023’s ‘Rustin.’

The actor commented on sexuality’s place in the industry:

“I would always be confused with the people who were suddenly honored because they came out after a long time of being in the closet. And they came out, and suddenly they’re given the keys to the city. They’re getting more access; they’re getting honors and awards and things like this.”

He added:

“After a while, you sit there with your own feelings, you’re like, but what about the people who just have been out, who’ve been taking possible knocks or lack of access? And no one’s giving them any praise or awards for that?”

Domingo’s Upcoming Projects

Colman Domingo is now working a Nat King Cole biopic titled ‘Unforgettable.’ He will write, direct, produce, and act in the film. The actor will then play Joe Jackson in a Michael Jackson biopic partly funded by the late singer’s estate.

He said of the controversial role:

“I actually don’t think it’s trying to prove his innocence. I think it’s actually just trying to give a great examination of an artist, what made the artist who he is, what makes him complicated, for you to leave with your own answers. There’s a myriad of answers and possibilities, but here’s a human being, and you can’t discount a person’s humanity. I think that’s exactly what it’s aiming to do. And I think that’s why most of and us got on board.”

You can see the actor’s full interview here.

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