Although Get Out has been earning rave reviews in theaters, it would seem that there is one man in particular who has found a problem with the thriller from Jordan Peele. Apparently Samuel L. Jackson is less than impressed with the movie because of where its leading man is from.
According to report from Page Six News, the veteran actor has expressed his criticism for the fact that Get Out cast Daniel Kaluuya, a black British actor, over an American. In fact, it would seem that Samuel L. Jackson feels that there are too many black British actors taking parts that he feels should be going to African Americans instead.
In a radio interview on March 7, the actor said that, in these movies, there are a lot of British actors that are black, and he wondered whether there would have been a completely different feel to the movie Get Out if they had chosen to instead cast a black American actors who really feels that. No matter how good of an actor Daniel Kaluuya is, it would seem that Samuel L. Jackson feels that he is simply unable to connect to the experience of being a black American.
As part of his argument to support his feelings on the situation, Jackson pointed out that Kaluuya was raised in a country where interracial dating has been happening for the past 100 years. He then asked the question of what a black man from America could have done with that role. While Samuel L. Jackson did admit that there are some things that are universal, not everything is.
Beyond the casting of Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out, it would seem there was another major role that the actor also had an issue with. During the radio interview, he also brought up the movie Selma and David Oyelowo’s role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Jackson shared that he feels that there were “some brothers in America” who could also have been in that movie and who would have had a different approach to how King thought.
While this is of course just Samuel L. Jackson’s feelings on the recent castings, it would seem that his comments have not been well received by some of those actors whom he was referring to. This includes John Boyega of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, who said Black British actors vs African American actors is a stupid conflict the industry does not have tome for, in a Tweet following up on the other man’s comments.
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By Dorothea James
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