In a recent podcast episode of Netflix’s Strong Black Lead, Leon revealed that the iconic line from the 1998 miniseries The TemptationsAin’t nobody coming to see you, Otis”–wasn’t initially in the script.

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We were in rehearsals and I was David Ruffin the entire time. And I found out later my costars didn’t particularly care for me,” he joked to host Tracy Clayton. But I stayed in that role the entire time so I was always thinking of things and telling the director and producers and stuff and things that I had researched and the way things were.”

…I just said that line in rehearsal and [director] Allan Arkush came and whispered in my ear, and said, ‘You know, he [Charles Malik Whitfield, who played Otis Williams] doesn’t really like it when you say that,'” he continued. “And I turned to him and said, ‘He’s not supposed to…Did you see the reaction on his face when I said it? Isn’t that what you want?'”

I just improvise a line and next thing I know, it’s like, that line follows me around the world,” he added.

You can watch a clip from the taping of the podcast below.

Strong Black Lead can be heard on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.


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