‘Get Out’ Actor Daniel Kaluuya Reacts To Samuel L. Jackson’s Comments
Daniel Kaluuya has finally spoken out about Samuel L. Jackson’s controversial comments on black British actors being given the roles of African-Americans in films.
Kaluuya was at the centre of Jackson’s remarks for his role in the mystery thriller movie Get Out which deals with racial issues in modern-day America.
The London born actor has revealed how his race has actually limited him to a lot of roles in the past.
Samuel L. Jackson voiced his opinion that Hollywood shouldn’t cast black British actors for roles that deal with racial struggles and relations in the U.S.
Kaluuya has responded saying how happy he was to be the first choice for the lead role in the movie. He’s also admitted that it hasn’t been easy to land leading parts in the past.
Talking to the BBC in regards to Jackson’s outlandish comments, the 27-year old actor said,
You do stuff, people make decisions and it goes out there and people have opinions. And everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I love all my black brothers and sisters worldwide, and that’s my position. All I know is this is my first ever lead role in a film and I’ve lost out on a lot of roles because I’m black. It’s my one shot. I’m going to come through it and do my thing and go home.
In an interview with GQ, the former Skins star opened up further about the incident,
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.’
Going on to say,
This is the frustrating thing… in order to prove that I can play this role, I have to open up about the trauma that I’ve experienced as a black person. I have to show off my struggle so that people accept that I’m black.
Jackson’s original comments saw him slate films like Get Out in which an African-American actor isn’t used for such roles, with the Django Unchained star saying, ‘[I wonder] what that movie would have been with an American brother who really feels that’.
He later clarified what he said to be a criticism of Hollywood itself rather than a personal attack on other actors, even though he’d specifically spoken about Kaluuya’s role.
The horror film, created by Jordan Peele, has been a huge hit in the box office, grossing over $100 million since its release.