The gorgeous and talented Mehershala Ali appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote/save his movie Green Book (which is quickly sinking into a morass of scandals). During the interview, it was revealed that his real first name is actually 18 letters long, and that “Mehershala” is just his nickname! HA! His entire name is Mahershalalhashbaz, which is apparently the longest word in the Bible, “It’s in the book of Isaiah,” he explains. “He’s the prophet Isaiah’s second son, it’s his symbolic name, so he didn’t actually have to live through life with that name.”
“But YOU do,” joked Kimmel.
When asked what his friends call him, he said that his close family and friends call him “Hershal,” but only they are allowed to do that. Got it.