St. Anthony’s Mettle
TV toughie Anthony Azizi shows us his sensitive side. We swoon. And buy coffee futures.
Great. He’s got morals. In Hollywood, nonetheless. Remind me to thank my editor.
Azizi’s probably best known for his roles as a series regular on two acclaimed TV shows: Threat Matrix (where he played a former CIA operative) and, most recently, the Golden Globe-winning Commander in Chief, on which he portrays Vince Taylor, gay, HIV-positive chief aide to the country’s first female president. Heavy. But when you go to high school with The Rock, as Azizi did, you get tough by osmosis, ya know? Or maybe it’s just the caffeine talking, jabbing and weaving.
Wine X: Do you have java in hand right now?
WX: That’s funny. I was wondering how you handled Hollywood without a vice.
WX: Has it changed since marriage?
WX: Well, recovery is so chic in Hollywood. Let’s hear about the show. How’s Vince Taylor – your character on Commander – different from other guys you’ve played?
WX: It’s sort of astounding that this is TV’s first person of color with HIV.
AA: Hell no! And I say that because it’s a responsibility. My character [on Commander] was, and is, a main part of the story line. But not as active a character as before. Why has that happened? I’m the only one on TV right now, really, who’s playing this kind of character. Do people in Hollywood just not know how to develop stories around such characters? Are they scared to? Can white writers only write white? Black only black? Chinese only Chinese? Well, how about just a human writer writing for another human? To say ‘I don’t know how to write for this kind of character is just idiocy. We have to stop seeing each other in color…in differences. We need to start seeing each other as the same.
WX: It seems since post 9/11 Arabs have portrayed TV and films’ bad guys.
WX: There are great films about women’s rights coming out of Iran, too.
WX: How does that affect your marriage?
WX: Do you think we’ll see a female president in our lifetime?
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