Samuel L. Jackson Defends Himself Over Controversial Comments On Black British Actors
World renowned actor Samuel L. Jackson has spoken out to address those disputable comments he made earlier this week, in which he condemned Hollywood producers for casting black British actors as African-American characters in movies.
He’s now clarifying what he said as a criticism of the world of Hollywood in general, rather than a personal comment on the actors themselves.
Talking to radio station Hot 97 on Monday, the 68-year old legend spoke very openly about his opinion on the matter while citing the newly released thriller film Get Out as his main example, saying,
There are a lot of black British actors in these movies. I tend to wonder what that movie would have been with an American brother who really understands that.
Going on to speak about English actor Daniel Kaluuya, who was given the main role of African-American photographer Chris Washington in the film, Jackson debated,
Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years. What would a brother from America have made of that role? Some things are universal, but everything ain’t.
Get Out tells the story of an interracial relationship that turns sour when Chris’s white girlfriend’s parents meet him. He goes on to learn the unnerving truth about the racist neighbourhood she lives in.
The Snakes on a Plane actor has now defended his previous comments, saying,
It was not a slam against them, but it was just a comment about how Hollywood works in an interesting sort of way sometimes. We’re not afforded that same luxury, but that’s fine, we have plenty of opportunities to work.
He also said about his British counterparts,
I enjoy their work… I enjoy working with them when I have the opportunity to do that.
Get Out has been a massive box office success since its release in the U.S. last month, grossing $84 million.
Jordan Peele, the director behind the mystery film, spoke to The Guardian about his decision to choose British actor Kaluuya for the lead role, saying,
I didn’t want to go with a British actor because this movie was so much about representation of the African American experience. Once I’d wrapped my head around how universal these themes were, it became easy for me to pick Daniel, because at the end of the day, he was the best person for the role. He did the audition and it was a slam dunk.
Jackson himself is currently starring in the just-released movie Kong: Skull Island as Preston Packard.
This year he is set to appear in upcoming comedy Unicorn Store as well as action movie The Hitman’s Bodyguard alongside Ryan Reynolds and Gary Oldman in the summer.