“Extra’s” Mark Wright spoke with Mahershala Ali at the premiere of the third season of “True Detective.”

Ali revealed how he convinced creator Nic Pizzolatto he was the right guy for the job, which was originally written for a white man. He said, “What was on my mind when I approached Nic was my grandma, who told me, ‘All they can do is say no.’”

“True Detective” premieres Sunday night on HBO.

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