Star of critically acclaimed horror flick “Get Out” and the Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther”, Daniel Kaluuya wants to make one thing perfectly clear: he doesn’t want to be seen as a spokesperson for black people when discussing race issues.
To be fair, both “Get Out” and “Black Panther” are racially charged movies. But Kaluuya says, “I’m not a spokesperson; I’m an individual.” Asking, “Who’s the spokesperson for white people?” in a new interview with The Guardian.
“There isn’t one. No one’s expected to speak up for all white people. I’m just living my life. I’m a black man, I’m proud of it, but I’m just living my life,” he continues. “I don’t see myself as a victim. You may victimise me, but you will not make me feel like a victim. And if you think you can, then what sort of person are you?”
Kaluuya tells the story of going on holiday to Florida as a kid with his mother. As they walked down the street, a homeless woman, hearing their accents, started shouting after them.
“And she was like, ‘They have black people in England? I thought it was just Prince Charles and s**t.’ And, like, that’s what they think; I mean, Idris Elba has helped. Chiwetel Ejiofor has helped,” recalls Kaluyya. “But, like, cool, we exist. Why do we need approval to exist?”
He laughs, “If you’re baffled by me, then you’re baffled. I’m not baffled by me. I’ve been with me for a while. So I’m just going to keep going.”
Speaking of accents, Kaluyya also reveals what his mom thinks of his American accent in films. “I think she liked it. She went to the premiere and I said, ‘Mum, how was my American accent?’ And she said, ‘Nearly there,'” he says while bursting in laughter. “That’s honest. That is love and care.”
“Black Panther” has been a critical success, with some considering it among the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.