My brother told me when I first came out to California, he said, ‘Look, if you’re going to be a Black actor expect not to work.’ Eddie [Murphy] said, ‘If you’re going to make it you better write. If you don’t write you ain’t gonna be nothing.’ John [Singleton] sitting there going, ‘Let me tell you something: they don’t write scripts for you, brotha.’ So from the time I came to California—me and my brother Shawn—we always wrote. If you don’t write you’ll be a force of nature. You got to be an actor, a writer, a producer. If I want to act then my writer has to write something and my producer has to make sure it’s good for my Black actor or [I] won’t work. It’s just the way Hollywood is. Nowadays, it’s not just Black actors. It’s actors, period.
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