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Thirty-eight-year-old Jordan Peele has made history with his film Get Out starring actor Daniel Kaluuya.
According to TheWrap, Get Out makes Peele the first black writer/director to earn $100 million with his debut movie.
Get Out surpassed its anticipated $24 million opening weekend. It achieved a $34 million showing, which set the stage for its current estimated $111 million in domestic ticket sales.
Get Out has been praised on social media and the internet in general for its creativity and taking the horror genre to a whole new level. It also sparked up a much-needed conversation about race in America.
The movie also stars Lakeith Stanfield, Catherine Keener, Lil Rel Howery, and Allison Williams.
Despite the success of the film, not everyone is praising the film but is criticizing the ability of one of the stars in Get Out.
Recently, Kaluuya responded to some criticism given by Samuel L. Jackson.
Jackson questioned Kaluuya’s ability to tell a story of a black man’s American experience in an interview with Hot 97.
“Because Daniel grew up in a country where, you know, they’ve been interracially dating for a hundred years … So what would a brother from America have made of that role?” said Jackson.
Kaluuya first sheds light on his experience playing the main character, Chris, who in the film is a black man dating a white woman. The couple goes on a road trip to meet her parents when things take a turn for the worst in the film.
“He [Chris] feels like an everyman. He’s kind of like J. Cole. Chris is that guy that everyone knows, who has been in everyone’s class at school. That good guy from around the area,” Kaluuya said.
He goes on to talk about the subtle racism he has had to deal with in interviews and acting auditions.
“Even all of these interviews I’m doing! A bunch of people going, ‘What’s it like for a black actor? That’s some racist shit! And a really weird fucking question. But because that’s common, people are desensitized to it. Sometimes I hear at an audition that they’re trying to go ‘ethnic.’ You’re getting singled out for the color of your skin, but not the content of your spirit, and that’s everywhere,” he says.
As far as Jackson’s criticism towards him, Kaluuya defends his reason on why he took the role even though he is British.
“That script spoke to me. I’ve been to Ugandan weddings, and funerals, and seen that cousin bring a white girl. That’s a thing in all communities. I really respect African-American people. I just want to tell black stories,” Kaluuya said.
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