At a time when lines between film industries are fading, Dhanush believes people should not attach regional identities to actors. During one of the promotional events, when the National Award-winning actor was mentioned as a South Indian actor, he said that it was time the regional barrier was lifted off cinema and the industry should come together to make films for the entire country. He also added that actors today should be termed as Indian actors rather than segregated by language.

He also stated, "It doesn’t make sense at this time to refer to me or anyone else as south actors... I would appreciate it if we are collectively called Indian actors, and not south actors or north actors. The world has shrunk and the lines at the borders are fading. This is the time to come together and make one big Indian film industry". "It is a huge industry and it would be great if we can come together and make films for everyone. Every film can be a national film and not just specific region. It will be great if we function together and make movies for everyone, not just south or north audiences. Today, every film is a national film and especially with the digital platforms, people have access to watch everybody’s work", he added.

Don't call us South or North actors. all films are national films!! says @dhanushkraja #TheGrayMan @theSreyas

— Chowdrey  (@Chowdrey_) July 21, 2022

The upcoming flick is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Greaney, in which Dhanush plays the role of Avik San, a highly skilled assassin with a strong code of conduct and the only one who could stop Six from revealing a dark agency secret. The spy action thriller revolves around freelance assassin and former CIA operative Court Gentry aka Sierra Six, played by Ryan Gosling, who is hunted across the world by Chris Evans' Lloyd Hansen and other international assassins.

While he has been working in the film industry for two decades delivering hits such as Aadukalam, Asuran, and Maari, Dhanush said filming high-octane action scenes for The Gray Man was a challenging experience. Dhanush has most of his scenes in the movie with Gosling and Ana de Armas, and the trio underwent intense training for their hand-to-hand combat sequences.

The Gray Man also stars Rege-Jean Page, Jessica Henwick, Billy Bob Thornton, Wagner Moura, Alfre Woodard, Julia Butters, Eme Ikwuakor, and Scott Haze. The film will start streaming on Netflix from tomorrow (July 22) onwards.