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Cuba Gooding Jr., 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Star, On His Complicated Relationship With Hollywood

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August 19, 2013 AT 5:40 AM
Less than two years after winning Best Supporting Actor for the 1996 film "Jerry Maguire," Gooding was supposed to play Special Agent John Royce in 1998's "U.S. Marshals." The role would eventually go to Robert Downey Jr., and -- according to Gooding -- it was only then that Wesley Spines was cast as Mark Sheridan, the film's co-lead. Gooding Jr. said, "That's how things go down in Hollywood," noting that, at the time, studios were loathe to cast two African-American actors in leading roles. It was this type of behavior that led the 45-year-old New York native to disengage with Hollywood. Then Hollywood disengaged with Cuba Gooding Jr.