DUBAI: US actor Kal Penn has tweeted snaps of audition scripts he has received over the course of his career in a bid to highlight the stereotypes he believes Indian actors face in Hollywood.
The examples include scripts from much-loved shows like “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” and “King of Queens.”
Penn, an Indian-American actor who is known for his roles on “How I Met Your Mother” and “Harold & Kumar get the Munchies,” also said he “got into it” with one TV show about “why he (the character) had to have an accent.”
“Friggin King of Queens man! I used to love that show until I got to audition for it lol,” Penn captioned one of the tweets.
Penn also recalled experiences where he was asked to put on a stronger Indian accent, which he said meant casting directors “wanted Apu,” a reference to “The Simpsons” character.
The scripts included calls for a “Gandhi lookalike,” “snake charmer” and “Pakistani computer geek … in a perpetual state of perspiration.”
To wrap up the tweeting spree, Penn concluded: “There are too many in this stack to tweet. I’ll be here all day.”
Friggin King of Queens man! I used to love that show until I got to audition for it lol pic.twitter.com/2BYu0nnd57— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017