Why Bokeem Woodbine Was Excluded From Leading Roles

Bihter Sevinc

The Hollywood actor Bokeem Woodbine has frequently found himself cast in supporting roles rather than as a leading figure, like in the films’ Jason’s Lyric,’ ‘Ray’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ and ‘Billionaire Boys Club.’

His television appearances in the second season of ‘Fargo’ and ‘Underground’ also saw him in supporting roles. In a November 2022 chat with The Huffington Post, the actor shared his approach to this perception of himself, explaining:

“I think I’ve tempered my ambition over the years and just focused on trying to be as honest and thorough as I can in my preparation. So much of this is out of my control. I don’t have the aesthetic that is generally associated with a leading man, and just being at peace with that took me some time.”

He added:

“I don’t have the physical characteristics that most people would associate with the guy who’s the lead in the movie.”

However, these perceptions in the industry don’t deter Woodbine from dedicating himself to his craft, as he stated:

“It hasn’t stopped me from creating these characters that I’m proud of, to a large extent. It hasn’t stopped me from being able to put food on the table, travel the world, and have all these wonderful experiences. It’s just an observation I think that one has to make in order to eliminate any misunderstanding about what’s going on in one’s career.”

Moving on to his latest projects, Bokeem will appear in the forthcoming comedy film ‘Old Dads’ along with Bill Blur and Bobby Cannavale. He also stars as Soren-066 in the military science fiction television series ‘Halo,’ which was renewed for a second season.

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