Aziz Ansari’s a busy man. He plays one of the funniest characters on TV – Tom Haverford on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He has his first major movie role this summer as Jesse Eisenberg’s best friend in Ruben Fleischer’s bank robber comedy 30 Minutes or Less. He landed a three-movie deal with Judd Apatow. And he’s performing stand-up comedy to packed houses.
He’s quite the guy these days – hanging with Kanye West, sitting front row at fashion shows, tweeting about his favorite restaurants. It’s all in a day’s work for Ansari who refused to play stereotypical Indian characters because, as he says, “If you want to star in a movie, you shouldn’t play a guy with a thick accent working at a deli. They’re not making movies about that guy.”