The Problem With "Get Out", According To Samuel L. Jackson
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 1:26
The Pulp Fiction actor told Hot 97 that the lead role should have gone to an African-American actor, rather than a Black British actor like Daniel Kaluuya.
"There are a lot of black British actors in these movies", Jackson said in an interview with the NY radio station Hot 97. "There are some brothers in America who could have been in that movie who would have had a different idea about how King thinks", he said.
Because Daniel grew up in a country where they've been interracial dating for a hundred years.
Jackson is not down with "Get Out" for casting a black British actor to play an African American. After speaking with Kaluuya about the movie's themes, though, he agreed that the experience really is more universal than he thought, so he gave Kaluuya the role.
After the interview started circulating online, the actor tweeted, "Black brits vs African American".
The casting decision was also discussed by Jordan Peele in an interview with The Observer where he admitted that the did not plan to, nor want to cast a British actor in the lead, but he felt Kaluuya was ideal for the role.
"Some things are universal, but (not everything)".
Jackson also pointed to Ava DuVernay's historical drama Selma, which cast David Oyelowo in the role of Martin Luther King, as another example.
His comments were immediately condemned on Twitter by British Star Wars actor John Boyega, who claimed Jackson was starting an unnecessary "stupid ass conflict".
"I know what it means to be stopped by police".
Jackson's comments echo his frequent collaborator Spike Lee, who said in a Guardian article in 2015, "Their training is very proper, whereas some of these other brothers and sisters, you know, they come in here, and they don't got that training". "Only a black guy could write this, only someone that lives this", he told the website.