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Jason Mantzoukas says he's done with Middle Eastern roles

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/29/2017 By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
In this June 16, 2017 photo, Jason Mantzoukas poses for a portrait at "The House" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel /Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 16, 2017 photo, Jason Mantzoukas poses for a portrait at "The House" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel /Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The House" star Jason Mantzoukas is Greek but has played everything from Middle Eastern to Hispanic characters in his time in Hollywood. He says that at a certain point he decided that he wasn't going to audition for any more parts that required a Middle Eastern accent.

In this June 16, 2017 photo, Jason Mantzoukas poses for a portrait at "The House" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel /Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 16, 2017 photo, Jason Mantzoukas poses for a portrait at "The House" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel /Invision/AP)

Mantzoukas' olive complexion has proved to be a challenge for the actor in getting parts early in his career. He says one casting agent told him he was too ethnic looking to get leading roles and yet his appearance wasn't right to be cast as the ethnic best friend.

In this June 16, 2017 photo, Jason Mantzoukas poses for a portrait at "The House" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel /Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 16, 2017 photo, Jason Mantzoukas poses for a portrait at "The House" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel /Invision/AP)

The 44-year-old says he doesn't regret the roles he did, he also says there were a lot that he turned down.

This image released by Warner Bros Pictures shows, from left, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and Jason Mantzoukas in a scene from "The House." (Glen Wilson/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Warner Bros Pictures shows, from left, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and Jason Mantzoukas in a scene from "The House." (Glen Wilson/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

"The House" starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler is in theaters on Friday.

This image released by Warner Bros Pictures shows, from left, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and Jason Mantzoukas in a scene from "The House." (Glen Wilson/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Warner Bros Pictures shows, from left, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and Jason Mantzoukas in a scene from "The House." (Glen Wilson/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)
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