The satirical horror film Get Out, which in its second week held box-office success, prompted a controversial response from one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, Samuel L. Jackson, The Guardian reports.
Jackson used a Tuesday interview on New York’s Hot 97 radio station to comment on British actor Daniel Kaluuya’s portrayal of an African-American man trapped in liberal White America, leading to a larger conversation regarding specific members of the Black diaspora and their entitlement to communicate the historical context of the African-American experience on film.
“There are a lot of black British actors in these movies,” Jackson said during the segment. “I tend to wonder what that movie [Get Out] would have been with an American brother who really feels that.
“Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years,” he said. “What would a brother from America have made of that role? Some things are universal, but [not everything].”
“There are some brothers in America who could have been in that movie who would have had a different idea about how King thinks,” he said.
Jackson pointed to two factors: British actors “don’t cost as much,” and argued directors/casting agents believe British actors are more classically trained.
Star Wars star John Boyenga used Twitter to swipe at Jackson’s argument.
“Black brits vs African-American. A stupid ass conflict we don’t have time for,” Boyenga tweeted on Tuesday night.
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SOURCE: The Guardian
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