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Samuel L. Jackson Criticizes Casting British Actors as African-Americans

Samuel L. Jackson Criticizes Casting British Actors as African-Americans

Samuel L. Jackson is not happy that British actors have been portraying African-Americans in films.

The 68-year-old actor brought up the issue after British actor Daniel Kaluuya was cast to play an American in Get Out.

“There are a lot of black British actors in these movies. I tend to wonder what that movie [Get Out] would have been with an American brother who really understands that,” Samuel said while talking with Hot 97.

He added, “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‘s director Jordan Peele recently spoke out on the issue, saying that he initially didn’t want to cast a British actor because the movie “was so much about representation of the African-American experience,” but knew Daniel was the right choice.

Samuel also cited several other movies with the same problem, like British actor David Oyelowo getting cast to play Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma.

Listen to all that Samuel had to say in the video below…

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  • Guest

    He’s so right

  • mafragias

    I hate those actors/people who believe that an actor has to have gone through the same shit as the characters to play them. That is so ignorant. If this is true, there is no acting. Every actor would portray themselves and they would be no artistry in what they do.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    I love SLJ.

  • SaraJ

    I think he makes a great point. There are solo many studied, uncorking actors in the US – in particular to portray someone in this type of role, you have to get a black actor from a different country? I don’t think so.

  • Jon M’Shulla

    He’s so over.

  • VanityInsecurity

    You can entertain a thought without accepting it. Actors don’t have to personally go through something to understand it. He makes no effin sense. He’s just mad that American roles are more & more going to the Brits. say it like you mean it. SLJ.

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  • Naynay

    I’m all against white washing and all the racism in Hollywood but I don’t think that’s part of it, like racism is pretty much happening all over the western world so he probably didn’t encounter the same form as racism as you did but that doesn’t really make any point to play a black character. I mean in all fairness SLM is kinda being discriminatory in what he’s stating, so just because he’s british, it takes away of his blackness ?

  • CalamityGass

    EXACTLY!

  • Happy Camper

    Someone seems bitter and…jealous.

  • Helen Losina

    Can the girl even speak? She keeps saying ‘wow’ all the time

  • Helen Losina

    so is it about acting skills or about citizenship?

  • SaraJ

    Both for a role like this within a movie that’s trying to make a statement.