Comedy Actor Roundtable: Kevin Bacon, Kumail Nanjiani and More on Typecasting and Not Being "F—able"
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Comedy Actor Roundtable: Kevin Bacon, Kumail Nanjiani and More on Typecasting and Not Being "F—able"

Six funny stars — also including Anthony Anderson, Ted Danson, Brian Tyree Henry and William H. Macy — dish about knowing when (and why) to turn down a big paycheck, the benefits of being left in the dark creatively and what it's like to get dissed by Zeffirelli: "Franco didn't like your nose."

Ask a table full of comedy actors to reveal the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to them on the job, and you’ll see grown men devolve into a gaggle of schoolboys. At least that’s what went down at THR’s roundtable on April 30: Three of the stars gathered on a Hollywood soundstage — William H. Macy, 67; Kevin Bacon, 58; and Anthony Anderson, 46 — told tales of passing gas midperformance; another, Ted Danson, 69, recalled an ill-timed belch; and Atlanta breakout Brian Tyree Henry, 35, dished on something called “ball smoke,” which required an explanation that left at least one man present horrified. With these stories out of their systems, however, the five, plus Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani, 39, got refreshingly candid about learning when (and why) to turn down a big paycheck, the benefits of being left in the dark creatively and, in Bacon’s case, what it’s like to be told you aren’t “f—able.”