Tyrese Gibson Said He Lost Out On Roles To Terrence Howard Because He's A "Light-Skinned Black Man With Green Eyes"

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Tyrese Gibson is keeping it real.

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The F9 star said he lost out on a lot of roles to his Four Brothers co-star Terrence Howard because of colorism.

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Gibson talked all about it during a recent interview with Leah’s Lemonade.

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“Throughout my whole childhood, it was not cool to be dark-skinned in the hood,” he said. “It was always light-skinned Black people who seemed to get all the attention, all the love, and were considered pretty or handsome.”

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“Since I’ve been in Hollywood, we’ve dealt with the same thing,” Gibson continued.

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“I just did a film with Terrence Howard, and you know we’re able to joke about it now, [but] I was the star of a film. They had an idea to go with someone I won’t mention, and I suggested Terrence Howard,” he added.

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“And he thanked me for like a week straight…he was thanking me for booking him. And I was thinking to myself, Terrence Howard has no idea how many roles that I was about to book, and they went with him because he’s the lighter-skinned Black man with green eyes.

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“It’s crazy to me; like, I’m number one. I’m the star. I’m this blue-black, you know, all of the things that I was laughed about in the ‘hood,'” he added.

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Gibson said the whole experience made him view his career differently. However, he praises actors like Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis who are changing the game.

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“This shift has happened. I think we should all stay humble because it’s interesting how white people created this kind of colorism,” Gibson shared.

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“The mixed-race gets to be in the house, and the black blacks get to work in the hot sun and pick cotton.”

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I hope that Hollywood casting directors are paying attention to what Gibson has to say. You can watch his full interview with Leah’s Lemonade below: