Samuel L. Jackson stirred up quite the debate about Black British actors taking American roles after appearing on radio show Hot 97. During the interview earlier this week, Jackson questioned the casting of British actor Daniel Kaluuya in Jordan Peele’s Get Out, saying that an African-American actor may have been better suited for 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 also said he believes that the casting decision may be because British actors are less well known and, therefore, paid less.
“They are cheaper than us for one thing,” he laughed. “They don’t cost as much. And they think they are better trained than we are for some reason. I don’t know what the love affair is with all of that. It’s all good.”
Jackson has since softened his criticism, telling The Associated Press at the premiere of his new film Kong: Skull Island that he was not trying to slam British actors.
“It was not a slam against them, but it was just a comment about how Hollywood works in an interesting sort of way sometimes.”
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