The new season of crime anthology series True Detective is headlined by Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, who plays a police officer investigating the disappearance of two children in 1980s Arkansas - a case that takes surprising turns.
But his character, police detective Wayne Hays, was originally written as white, and Ali was offered only a supporting role - that is, until the 44-year-old convinced series creator Nic Pizzolatto to change the script and make Wayne black.
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