Cuba Gooding Jr. Says “It Was God’s Will” to Pass on Major Roles For Some Time

Jan 16, 2016. Cuba Gooding, Jr. arrives at the 2016 FX Winter TCA in Pasadena. (The Associated Press)
Jan 16, 2016. Cuba Gooding, Jr. arrives at the 2016 FX Winter TCA in Pasadena. (The Associated Press)

Thanks to FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Cuba Gooding Jr.‘s career is back on track. Best known for his Oscar-winning role in Cameron Crowe‘s film Jerry Maguire, the actor’s career floundered for years before Ryan Murphy gave him a chance at a comeback.

When I won the Oscar, I fell into that mind-set that this is a precious role. People everywhere were shouting, ‘Show me the money!’ I just didn’t want anything that could parody the fact that I was like a tagline in a movie. So when Steven Spielberg offered me Amistad, I said no; when Hotel Rwanda came along, I said no,” he says. “I was saying no to all of these things because I had in my mind the role I wanted to play.”

“So I passed on all these great directors and wound up offending a bunch of them, and what happened was I went off the list of, ‘Greenlight if you have this actor in the role.’ I went into the wasteland. But I think it was God’s will that I took eight to 10 years to go and do direct-to-video trash.

“Now I consider the director—I don’t care what the role is,” says the actor, who earned raves for his minor roles in 2014’s Selma and 2013’s The Butler.

SOURCE: E! Online/Joy105.com – Sabrina Bush

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