Nominated for four Razzie awards — including Worst Movie, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay — “The Emoji Movie” no doubt led many moviegoers to rethink their cinematic choices while enduring the critically lambasted film that eked out a meagre nine per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Yet that’s small potatoes compared to the effect the film had on Jordan Peele, who claims “The Emoji Movie” is actually responsible for his retirement from acting and shift to directing.
As Vanity Fair reports, the former “Key & Peele” star was accepting the Best First-Time Director award from the Directors Guild of America for his directorial debut, “Get Out”, when he explained how the animated film led him behind the camera.
“’The Emoji Movie’ actually helped me quit acting,” Peele told the audience at the DGA Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “I was offered the role of Poop.”
This, he insisted, was not a joke. “This is true,” he said. “I would not make this up.”
As Peele recalled, his manager informed him he was up for the role of the Poop emoji in the film, leading him to admit, “That’s f**ked up.” He told his manager, “I’m going to sleep on it.”
The next day, Peele admitted that curiosity got the better of him, leading him to get in touch with his manager to find out how much money the studio was offering. However, his manager informed him the offer was no longer on the table.
“[My manager said], ‘They’ve already given it to Sir Patrick Stewart,’” Peele recalled. “I was like, ‘F**k this.’”
Peele confirmed he was retiring from acting during a January interview with “CBS Sunday Morning”, revealing, “Acting is just nowhere near as fun for me as directing.”