Actor Daniel Kaluuya is a bit confused and upset over Samuel L. Jackson’s criticism about his latest role in Jordan Peele’s comedy-horror film, Get Out.
Jackson appeared on New York’s Hot 97 and wondered aloud what the film would have been like if an American ‘brother’ had the role. “I tend to wonder what that movie would have been with an American brother who really feels that,” he said. “Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for 100 years. What would a brother from America have made of that role? Some things are universal but [not everything is].”
Jackson later said he wasn’t slamming British actors but instead casting directors and producers who seemingly hire Black British actors over African-American actors.
Kaluuya responded to the comments in an interview with GQ Magazine on Monday. “Big up Samuel L Jackson, because here’s a guy who has broken down doors. He has done a lot so that we can do what we can do,” Kaluuya said.
“Here’s the thing about that critique, though. I’m dark-skinned. 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.’”
Kaluuya went on to detail the history of racism in London, much of which, he explained, isn’t always seen in the mainstream media. But said his biggest frustration is having to open up about the trauma he’s experienced as a black person in order to prove he can play a part.
“I have to show off my struggle so that people accept that I’m black …I’m just an individual,” he noted. “I resent that I have to prove that I’m black. I don’t know what that is. I’m still processing it.”
Peele recently told The Guardian that while he “didn’t want to go with a British actor because this movie was so much about representation of the African-American experience,” talking with Kaluuya made him understand how universal the struggles of racism are.
‘It’ Review: How Scary Is It?
As one can imagine, It is scary as sh*t.
The big screen adaptation has all the scares from the classic novel and the TV miniseries, following Pennywise as he haunts the small fictitious town of Derry, Maine, popping out of the sewer, snatching kids left and right.
But what makes this one a little more tolerable, in my opinion, is the focus director Andres Muschietti pays to these seven kids, or “The Losers,” as they call themselves.
This time around, we really get to know who they are, understand their stories and personalities, and they are quite lovable and hilarious, riding around on their bikes during their summer break, chasing down a horrifying monster.
Unlike the TV miniseries, Muschietti (known for horror flicks like Mama) focuses on them as pre-teens, not adults.
In a lot of ways, It will remind you of Rob Reiner’s 1986 Stephen King adaptation of Stand By Me … but who cares. You’re going to be relieved by moments of comic relief in between the haunting imagery.
I’d say it’s 50 percent scare and 50 percent story, and that story has a message about your facing fears. These kids really come of age in this film and find out how tough they really are.
You’ll also be pleased to know it’s only 135 minutes long – but to do so they had to ditch all that vision quest stuff, the cosmic turtle and that ridiculous child orgy.
In the end, that leaves more screen time for Pennywise (and some of his other shapeshifting characters) to scare the crap out of you with his creepy clown face and razor-sharp teeth.
My verdict is go see It (pun intended).
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