Aziz Ansari was one of the headlining panel guests during last weekend’s inaugural EW Fest in New York, and now the full 45-minute conversation is live.
The comedian and moderator, EW’s own Dan Snierson, hit on many topics including the depiction of Indians on TV, inspired by the time Ansari was asked to use an accent for a Transformers audition. “It was a role for a call center guy who does an accent. And I was like, ‘No, I’m not doing it,'” Ansari recounted. Then his Master of None co-star leapt in to snatch the role. “Ravi [Patel] was like, ‘I’ll do it!’ And Ravi did it, and he probably made decent money being the call center guy.”
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The Master of None co-creator also detailed the arduous process of finding Kelvin Yu to play Brian, the character inspired by co-creator Alan Yang. “It was hard to cast, because there’s not as many Asian guys that are acting,” Ansari says, “and the ones that are, we would bring them in, and there’s way less people that you can see for the role, even. It gave me a whole different perspective on the diversity in entertainment stuff.”
With Ansari, it wasn’t all serious, of course: He made plenty of jokes. Catch them above, and head here for highlights of the panel.