Colman Domingo: Actor Opens Up About How His Too Dark-Skin ‘Disqualified’ Him For “Boardwalk Empire” Role

BY Dora Abena Dzaka January 2, 2024 5:32 PM EDT
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Colman Domingo has recounted how he was passed over for a role in Boardwalk Empire because his skin was too dark and he lacked sufficient light skin tone.

The actor, who is well-known for his parts in Fear the Walking Dead and Euphoria, has revealed that in 2014, while he was still trying out for roles in movies, he went to the HBO series for an audition.

Domingo indicated that although he believed he had impressed the casting agents, he was later informed about a potential reason for his rejection by one of the show’s researchers. The role in question was that of a maître d’ in a nightclub owned by black people.

Domingo claims in a recent interview with the New York Times that a historian explained to his representative that maître d’s in the kind of nightclubs in question were usually lighter-skinned than Domingo.

According to reports, Domingo said, “That’s when I lost my mind.” “I think this is going to kill me; I can’t take it any longer.”

In the end, Domingo was cast as the drug addict in recovery Ali on HBO’s Euphoria. Currently, he is playing the lead role in Rustin, a biographical drama based on the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. Netflix is currently streaming the movie.

In addition, he made appearances in all eight Fear the Walking Dead seasons and the upcoming The Color Purple movie.

Colman Domingo declared last month that he thought the controversy involving Sam Levinson, the director of Euphoria, had been “blown out of proportion.”

There have been allegations against the show that the amount of nudity and sexual content made some of the cast members uncomfortable.

“Honestly, in my experience, there was none of that,” Colman Domingo said. “I think there’s a lot of talk around it. And I think things get blown out of proportion.”

“One of the kindest, open-hearted director-writer-producers that you could ever ask for,” describing Levinson.

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