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“I grew up in the inner city, in the hood, in Compton. My family, my friends, my community— this was nothing new to us,” Anthony Anderson told The Hollywood Reporter during the Comedy Actor Roundtable in regards to Trump’s victory in the 2016 election. Anderson’s sit-com Black-ish aired a poignant post-election episode. “This is [the stuff] that we live with as a community for the majority of our entire lives.”
“We covered every perspective good, bad and indifferent, from the election,” said Anderson.
Anderson went on to describe how he managed his career to avoid being type cast. “I felt that eventually I would be type cast as the fat funny guy, and I didn’t want that because I knew there was much more to me as an actor than just what they had seen up to that point. So I made a conscious decision to say no.”
More roundtables featuring comedy and drama actresses, actors, showrunners and reality creators will continue through July in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting May 25 on Sundance TV, and look for clips at THR.com/topic/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.
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