Mahershala Ali Only Starred In 'Luke Cage' Because He Knew His Character Would Die
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Mahershala Ali Only Starred In 'Luke Cage' Because He Knew His Character Would Die

Ahead of the premiere of his highly-anticipated Apple TV+ sci-fi film Swan Song, two-time Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali stopped by The Breakfast Club to discuss taking on the baton from Wesley Snipes as Blade in an upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film, as well as his role as Cottonmouth in Luke Cage

During his sit-down, Ali talked about the encouragement he felt from the kind words of his predecessor, Wesley Snipes. 

“Man, you know, humbled and so encouraged by that,” the Emmy nominated actor and California native “Because he didn’t have to say that. Wasn’t nobody really asking him like that. So for him to come out and say that, somebody I look up to so much, I sincerely appreciated that. So thank you, brother.”

Prior to accepting the role of Blade in Phase Four in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ali was also seen in another Marvel (non-MCU) series, 'Luke Cage,' which was not in the MCU.

In the series, he portrayed Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. However, Ali revealed he wouldn’t have taken on the role if they did not kill him off.

“It was important for me to move on to keep building toward what I saw for myself. … I wanna move up. I just don’t wanna be on somebody’s show always supporting other people’s narratives,” Ali said. “So [Luke Cage creator Cheo Hodari Coker] came to me doing Luke Cage and he was like, ‘Yo, you wanna do this show? And I had just gotten off of House of Cards. He was like, ‘He’s gonna die.’ I was like, ‘Cool.’ That’s the only reason I did it, though, because they were going to kill him. I wouldn’t have done it otherwise because I had just gotten off of a show. I didn’t want to get stuck.”

Ali’s latest film, Swan Song, set to be released on Apple TV+ on Dec. 17. Watch the Oscar winner’s interview with The Breakfast Club below.

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