Mahershala Ali on Awards Season

SO NOW THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED ARE YOU GOING RIGHT BACK INTO WORK? ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE A BREAK? >> TAKE OFF FOR ABOUT TWO, TWO AND A HALF MONTHS. >> Jimmy: OH, GREAT. >> THERE'S A PROJECT THAT IS COMING TOGETHER THAT I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT. >> Jimmy: I BET -- IS IT ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE, LIKE TODAY, AS A RESULT OF WINNING THE ACADEMY AWARD, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HEARD FROM A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE THAT YOU WANT TO WORK WITH? >> YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN REALLY FORTUNATE. BECAUSE AWARDS SEASON, FOR A LOT OF FOLKS, IT CULMINATES WITH THE OSCARS, FINISHES WITH THE OSCARS. BUT IT'S BEEN SIX MONTHS. IT STARTS WITH TELLURIDE. >> Jimmy: YEAH. >> FESTIVALS AND WHATNOT. SO IN THAT PROCESS, IN THAT RUN, MY WONDERFUL TEAM HAS BEEN GETTING CALLS AND OFFERS AND OPPORTUNITIES HAVE KIND OF GROWN. SO I'M SURE THIS MAKES THINGS EASIER. >> Jimmy: I FEEL LIKE IT'S A FULL-TIME JOB THE LAST SIX MONTHS FOR YOU, GOING TO ALL THESE DIFFERENT AWARDS AND DOING ALL THESE INTERVIEWS ABOUT THE AWARDS AND ALL THIS STUFF. AT A CERTAIN POINT, I'M GOING TO HAVE TO GO ACT IN SOMETHING AT SOME POINT, RIGHT? >> YEAH, YEAH. IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE IT FLIPS. YOU CAN KIND OF GET LULLED INTO THINKING YOU'RE DOING THE WORK WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WORK YOU'VE ALREADY DONE. >> Jimmy: RIGHT. >> OR A PROJECT BEING CELEBRATED IN A CERTAIN WAY. AND AS MUCH AS I APPRECIATE HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THIS FILM AND THIS CHARACTER AND SHARE IT, IT'S NOT THE WORK. THE WORK IS BETWEEN ACTION AND CUT, YOU KNOW? AND YOU CAN FORGET THAT. SO I GOT TO GO WORK ON SOMETHING A FEW MONTHS BACK. >> Jimmy: RIGHT, YEAH, YOU DID, OKAY. >> AND REMEMBERED THAT, OH, MEMORIZING THESE LINES, BEING ALIVE IN THIS SCENE, REALLY TRYING TO MAKE THESE THINGS POP, IS THE ACTUAL WORK. AND THIS IS KIND OF THE ICING ON THE CAKE. >> Jimmy: I'M VERY HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR CAKE AND ICING AND ALL THAT STUFF. CONGRATULATIONS. THE ACADEMY AWARD, THERE IT IS. MAHERSHALA ALI.

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