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Daniel Kaluuya Responds to Samuel L. Jackson's Criticism of 'Get Out' Casting

Daniel Kaluuya Responds to Samuel L. Jackson's Criticism of 'Get Out' Casting

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya is responding to Samuel L. Jackson‘s criticism that the film, which has earned tons of praise from critics and fans alike, about British actors as African-Americans.

Samuel said in a recent interview, “I tend to wonder what that movie [Get Out] would have been with an American brother who really understands that.”

Daniel told GQ, “Big up Samuel L. Jackson, because here’s a guy who has broken down doors. He has done a lot so that we can do what we can do.”

“Here’s the thing about that critique, though. I’m dark-skinned, bro. 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.” I go to Uganda, I can’t speak the language. In India, I’m black. In the black community, I’m dark-skinned. In America, I’m British. Bro!,” Daniel continued.

Click inside to read the rest of Daniel’s answer…

[Black people in the UK], the people who are the reason I’m even about to have a career, had to live in a time where they went looking for housing and signs would say, “NO IRISH. NO DOGS. NO BLACKS.” That’s reality. Police would round up all these black people, get them in the back of a van, and wrap them in blankets so their bruises wouldn’t show when they beat them. That’s the history that London has gone through. The Brixton riots, the Tottenham riots, the 2011 riots, because black people were being killed by police. That’s what’s happening in London. But it’s not in the mainstream media. Those stories aren’t out there like that. So people get an idea of what they might think the experience is.

Let me say, I’m not trying to culture-vulture the thing. I empathize. 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.

This is the frustrating thing, bro—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. No matter that every single room I go to I’m usually the darkest person there. You know what I’m saying? I kind of resent that mentality. I’m just an individual. You probably feel that as a writer, too. Just because you’re black, you taken and used to represent something. It mirrors what happens in the film.

I resent that I have to prove that I’m black. I don’t know what that is. I’m still processing it.

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  • Wendy

    What a well spoken human being. He is totally right.

  • Visitor

    I sympathize with him. He’s correct. Many so-called African Americans do not like dark-skinned people. I hear them say things like, Queen Latifa is dark. No she isn’t. The colorism that exists in these communities are no better than racism. How many dark-skinned black people are in television? Daniel, Lupita, Viola and a handful of others. No, dark skinned people do not feel represented and embraced by Beyonce types.

  • Sansa Squad

    such a thoughtful, intelligent response. good for him.

  • Sansa Squad

    such a thoughtful, intelligent response. good for him.

  • Anna

    “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.”
    This really boils my blood. The fact that this poor guy had to utter those words annoy the shit out of me. What the hell Samuel? Black people in America aren’t the only ones who struggled. And it’s sick that he has to talk about how much shit he went through in order to be accepted.

    It’s like a hidden rule in hollywood. “You can’t be a minority actor or actress unless you’ve been oppressed in some way.”

    Him being too dark to play roles, and then being too British to play others is beyond stupid and I can see why it would be a struggle to get casted because of it. Every non-nepotism actor and actress goes through shit trying to get casted, how about as a fellow actor you give them credit for their acting skills instead of putting them down for where they come from?

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  • rubie

    Unfortunately, this was a ridiculous statement from Samuel Jackson, it happens to the best of us, maybe he was having a bad day….but I think what he meant was just keeping it American, NOT, the color of his skin. I’ve heard so many comments about British and Australian actors getting the majority of roles in Hollywood, but some people like me, just don’t really think about that, but I guess if you are an American actor, you do…