While promoting “Kong: Skull Island” Samuel L. Jackson spoke out on the casting of Daniel Kaluuya in the smash-hit horror movie “Get Out”. Jackson’s complaint is that he’s British and not American, so his experience is altered.
“There are a lot of black British actors that work in this country. All the time,” he said. “I tend to wonder what would that movie have been with an American brother who really understands that in a way. Because Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years. Britain, there’s only about eight real white people left in Britain. So what would a brother from America make of that role? I’m sure the director helped. Some things are universal, but everything ain’t,” Jackson said.
The Jordan Peele-directed film cost less than $5 million to make and has already passed the $100 million mark. Kaluuya was born in London to Ugandan parents and is frustrated with Jackson’s comments.
In an interview with GQ, Kaluuya responded to the comments and describes Jackson as having “done a lot so that we can do what we can do.” “When I’m around black people, I’m made to feel ‘other’ because I’m dark-skinned,” he said. “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!” he explained.
“I see black people as one man… I resent that I have to prove that I’m black. I don’t know what that is. I’m still processing it.”