In one of our Late Night posts last month, we told you that Isaiah Mustafa -- otherwise known as the ever-popular "Old Spice Guy" -- had found himself roles in both Horrible Bosses and Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. It wasn't a surprise. You've got to pay attention to a man who can not only fill the shoes left by one Bruce Campbell, but also make his commercials a hit.
Now, though, he's lost one of those roles ... but don't fret. Mustafa might be losing one bit part, but he's also gaining a starring role.
Mustafa has told The Hollywood Reporter that he will no longer be in (catches breath) For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. While Isaiah was out enjoying his new-found fame, Tyler Perry decided to pull him from the one project so that he could star in the other. Now he's in Madea's Big Happy Family, alongside Loretta Devine and Bow Wow. He plays "Calvin, who is struggling with his marriage and family relationships." Mustafa says: "I don't know why Mr. Perry made the swap. I didn't ask him his reasoning. I'm just really happy to have gotten this role. It's one of the leads, where in Colored Girls, I would have just been in one or two scenes."
Talk about luck! You can't beat your director deciding that, no, he isn't going to waste you on a nothing bit part. He's going to move you into a leading gig in a whole other feature!
And if Mustafa is as charismatic in the film as he is in the commercials, I bet we'll be seeing a whole lot more of him.
On a horse.