Former NFL player Isaiah Mustafa, whose fame has recently risen due to his popularity as the new face of Old Spice products was just given a role in Tyler Perry's much-buzzed-about film adaptation of 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.'
While speaking to Oprah Winfrey via satellite about his newfound celebrity success over the commercials, Mustafa talked about auditioning for film parts, including one for an upcoming Tom Hanks movie, television pilots and Perry's upcoming film.
When he asked the reigning queen of daytime television to put in a good word with Perry, Mustafa was surprised when the filmmaker got on and stated, "I just want to tell you, you got the part, man. You did a great job. You got the part."
The Arizona State University alum joins the all-star roster, which already includes Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine,Macy Gray and Anika Noni Rose.
Based on Ntozake Shange's award-winning 1975 play, the film is scheduled to shoot in June in New York with a possible winter 2010 release date.
After playing for various teams in the NFL, Mustafa appeared on episodes of 'Castle,' 'Days of Our Lives', 'Eli Stone,' 'Football Wives', 'NCIS,' 'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'Ugly Betty.'
According to Advertising Age, the Old Spice "I'm on a Horse" commercial -- in which the 36-year-old Mustafa appears -- saw some 1.6 million views in the two weeks after it debuted during the Super Bowl.