It is noteworthy that Kumail Nanjiani previously admitted that at first he was “scared” by the role of Somen “Steve” Banerjee. “I just didn’t feel ready. I didn’t know how to play such a character. So I said no, he said. New York Times recently.
Nanjiani also told the publication that he was initially uncomfortable playing the villainous immigrant from India. “When I first said no, I thought I didn’t want to play the bad guy who looks brown in this climate,” he said. “But the tyranny of the positive image is as reductive as the stereotype. I hear from people that I need to put on a clean, noble look. I’m not interested.”
Nanjiani also recently told InStyle that he didn’t initially consider himself a capable enough actor for the job. “I was scared to do it because I knew I wouldn’t be able to use any of my running moves” he said. “I couldn’t be funny. I couldn’t even smile that much.”
However, Nanjiani has clearly come to his senses, and, as he recently said, good morning america, he began to view Banerjee as a healthy problem. “I really don’t get the chance to play people who are, like, bad guys, you know?” he said. “That’s why I thought, ‘I have to do this. I have to see if I can do it.”
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