American Turban

Snake-charming into Hollywood

Aasif Mandvi is an Indian-American actor-comedian who co-stars in The Internship, where, yes, he has an Indian accent. (Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Aasif Mandvi is an Indian-American actor-comedian who co-stars in The Internship, where, yes, he has an Indian accent. (Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Actor/comedian Aasif Mandvi, an Indian American (though not a Sikh), talks about the stereotypical roles he was forced to accede in order to make his way in Hollywood:

I got a callback, and my agent called to ask if I owned a turban. I said — a little defensively, I admit — that if I owned a turban, I would probably have worn it; it’s not something you leave home without. She laughed, saying, “Yeah, that makes sense — but the producers want me to ask you, and I hope you are not offended, but have you ever been a snake charmer?”

Mandvi goes on to discuss the stereotypes that Hollywood imposes on Indian actors. Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

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