After Samuel L. Jackson’s criticism about his latest role in Jordan Peele’s comedy-horror film, Get Out, actor Daniel Kaluuya shared his frustrations in an interview with GQ Magazine.
In an interview with New York’s Hot 97 radio station, the Kong: Skull Island star said he had an issue with Get Out casting Kaluuya, a British actor, as an American man. Though Jackson hadn’t yet seen Get Out, he explained that he couldn’t help but wonder “what would that movie have been with an American brother [in the lead],” who could relate more to the specific type of American-centered racism tackled by the film.
Kaluuya’s response in GQ was measured yet very eloquent as the actor opened up about his own struggles.
“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!”
On racism in London
“The Brixton riots, the Tottenham riots, the 2011 riots, because black people were being killed by police. 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.”
On his struggle
“I have to show off my struggle so that people accept that I’m black … I’m just an individual. Just because you’re black, you get 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.”by