Updated December 27th, 2023 at 15:50 IST

Rustin actor Colman Domingo reveals Broadwalk Empire rejected him for his skin colour

Actor Colman Domingo discussed his audition experience for Broadwalk Empire, including the reason he wasn't hired by the makers.

Colman Domingo | Image:IMDb
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HBO debuted Boardwalk Empire, a drama series created by Terence Winter in 2010. The show ended in 2014 after five seasons. In a recent interview, actor Colman Domingo discussed his audition experience for the series, including the reason he wasn't hired by the makers. 

Colman Domingo recalls getting rejected from Boardwalk Empire

In a conversation with The Times, Domingo talked about the time HBO was looking for an actor to portray the maître d' of a nightclub in Boardwalk Empire. The actor reportedly impressed executives with his tap dancing and singing during the audition. 

 

However, after the callback, a historical researcher on the show reminded producers that the maître d’s in those nightclubs were typically light-skinned, which Domingo was not leading them to reject him for the role. The actor said, “That’s when I lost my mind. I can’t take it anymore, I think this is going to kill me.”

Colman Domingo is now an "offer-only" actor 

Domingo considered permanently giving up acting at this point. After ten years, the actor finds himself in a different stage of his work. His performance in Netflix's Rustin has generated Oscar buzz, and he is also appearing in The Color Purple, a musical. Domingo claims that he is now an "offer-only" actor as a result of his experiences from ten years ago.

 

“I became an actor that was ‘offer-only’ probably sooner than the industry thought I should have,” he said. “But I decided I have a body of work. You can go and look at it, you can ask other directors about me, and you can make me the offer or not.”

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Published December 27th, 2023 at 15:50 IST