‘Mar­tian’ hit and miss

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NEW YORK: Aziz An­sari could have been in the hit movie of the sea­son, but he passed on it be­cause, he said, he thought the movie would be “bor­ing”.

“I was also asked to au­di­tion for a part in The Mar­tian (not Kapoor), but I skimmed the script and – no of­fence – it seemed like a bor­ing movie about a white guy stuck on Mars for two hours who gets fired up about plants, so it didn’t seem worth tak­ing a break from my own projects. (I’ve heard the film is fan­tas­tic),” An­sari said.

The Mar­tian is one of the few “grown-up” movies of the sea­son that’s dom­i­nated the box of­fice and is also a crit­i­cal hit, which means it’s now in play as an Os­car con­tender. Not long af­ter The Mar­tian de­buted, there was some con­tro­versy over the de­ci­sion to cast Chi­we­tel Ejio­for to play a char­ac­ter named Vin­cent Kapoor. In the novel from which The Mar­tian was de­rived, the char­ac­ter is In­dian and his name is Venkat Kapoor. – Wash­ing­ton Post

Aziz An­sari

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