I’m not sure who these casting directors are in Hollywood but I love and appreciate them for choosing the perfect men to place in front of our eyes. Mahershala Ali has been blessing our eyes for years and today we’re giving that brother some shine! One of Hollywood’s hottest hunks is our #CelebrityCrush for this bright Monday – follow the jump to see why we’re part of his fan club!
Born in Oakland, California, Mahershala Ali’s initial long term goals were to become a professional basketball player but while attending SMC with a basketball scholarship, he became disenchanted with the idea of a sports career due to the treatment given to the team’s athletes. Ali instead developed an interest and love for acting after taking part in a staging of Spunk that later landed him an apprenticeship at the California Shakespeare Theater following graduation.
Many of us were attracted to Mahershala Ali at first glance but many of us fell in love with him for his portrayal of Tizzy Weathers in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Many of us were once again reunited and remembered of our love for Mahershala Ali with his portrayal of Boggs in both ‘Hunger Games’ films.
These days, we can catch Mahershala in the hit series “Luke Cage” which also stars our former Man Crush Monday, Mike Colter. In the hit series, Mahershala plays the role of main villian, Cornell “Cotton Mouth” Stokes. Not much is known about Cottonmouth’s history except that he has established himself as a drug lord in New York. When Willis Stryker wanted to frame Carl Lucas, he stole a shipment of heroin from Cottonmouth’s organization.
In the upcoming film, “Moonlight” which features yet another one of our former Celebrity crushes, Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala plays the role of a supportive father of a homosexual Black man (played by Trevante) – a role not often shown in the Entertainment industry or in general.
Over the years we have seen Mahershala Ali take on a number of roles and portray them all to a T but can we take a moment to compliment that man’s physique? Chiseled chest and abs, smooth bald head and nice and lean. Yup, he’s a definite heartthrob in our book. What do you all think?
By Monique C. Tillman