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Why Did Kumail Nanjiani Take The MCU Eternals Role?

The beloved actor, Kumail Nanjiani has enjoyed fame over the years for his comedic roles. He rose to popularity after Silicon Valley, Stuber, Big Sick and more light-hearted projects. However, it’s needless to say that Kumail’s fans usually remember him in funny, shy, and nerdy characters. Playing similar roles for years compelled him to step out of his comfort zone. After all, a good actor would keep pushing his limits by trying new genres.

Kumail’s Debut in the MCU

Nowadays, Kumail is always on the news for his massive upcoming Marvel project, Eternals. Talking about stepping out of one’s comfort zone, this movie will feature the actor in a completely new avatar. From playing a regular nerd guy to starring as a super-powered and immortal cosmic entity, it has been a huge jump. But according to the actor, this was exactly why he took up the Marvel role. Not that, anyone needs a “reason” to say yes to MCU. 

During an interview with Los Angeles Times, the MCU actor said how he finally got to try new things on the screen. It was challenging to get a character of his choice in an industry that mostly offers similar roles to Asian or Middle Eastern actors. Kumail will star as Kingo, who is a rich and famous superstar of Bollywood for the world, but secretly, an immortal and powerful Eternal. 

He said,

“I’ve been in this industry for about a decade and I looked at the usual opportunities that the brown dudes get. We get to be nerdy. I wanted him to be the opposite of that — I wanted him to be cool. With nerdy goes ‘weakling,’ and I wanted him to be the opposite of that and to be strong physically.”He further added

“Or we get to be terrorists, and I wanted him to be the opposite of that. I wanted him to be this character full of joy. In working with [director Chloé Zhao], we were like, let’s take every single thing that I haven’t gotten to do and make a character who’s the exact opposite of the way a lot of American pop culture see people from Pakistan or the Middle East.”

Clearly, he is living his dream by building a jacked-up body and retaining his signature fun element.

Written by Ipshita Barua