‘Get Out’ Star Daniel Kaluuya Responds To Samuel L. Jackson’s Unfair Criticism Of Casting
We agree with like 99% of everything Samuel L. Jackson has to say. The man is not afraid to speak his mind and we respect that about him. But when you’re not afraid to speak your mind, you’re going to slip up sometimes and say something you might regret.
During an interview with radio station Hot 97 in New York, Jackson questioned the casting of black British actor Daniel Kaluuya in the lead role of Chris in Jordan Peele’s thriller, Get Out.
“There are a lot of black British actors that work in this country. I tend to wonder what would that movie have been with an American who really understands that in a way … Because Daniel grew up in a country where, you know, they’ve been interracially dating for a hundred years.”
Kaluuya was born in London to Uganda parents, and when he heard Jackson’s comments, he was a bit frustrated because he has been dealing with sh*t like this his whole life.
He doesn’t feel “accepted” by anyone…
“When I’m around black people, I’m made to feel ‘other’ because I’m dark-skinned. I’ve had to wrestle with that, with people going, ‘You’re too black.’ Then I come to America, and they say, ‘You’re not black enough.’ I go to Uganda, I can’t speak the language. In India, I’m black. In the black community, I’m dark-skinned. In America, I’m British. Bro!”
He’s sick of having to prove that he’s black, and he also made it clear that black people were being killed by police in London too.
“Let me say, I’m not trying to culture-vulture the thing. I empathize. That script spoke to me. I’ve been to Ugandan weddings and funerals and seen that cousin bring a white girl. That’s a thing in all communities. I really respect African-American people. I just want to tell black stories.”
You can read the rest of his comments by clicking this link. He sounds like a really smart dude, and he was great in the movie.
Hopefully he continues to get more work in Hollywood.