Keegan-Michael Key was not jealous or bitter when his former “Key & Peele” co-star Jordan Peele won an Oscar for “Get Out”, instead, it prompted him to do some soul-searching.
“[Soul-searching] is something that I’ve been exploring a lot lately,” the 47-year-old comedian explains in an interview with The Title. He’s referring to “Get Out” and how the movie perfectly expressed Peele’s perspective on the world, something he wishes to do in his own work.
“When and how do I reveal a new part of myself that’s more intensely personal? I’ve actually not done a lot of that,” he says. “And when I have done it, it’s masked behind makeup and a camera and a character in another person’s story.”
Key, who has a lead role in the upcoming movie “The Predator”, is hoping his foray into action flicks might help strip back some of those masks. “It’s just you and that gun in your hand,” he says. “It’s very naked.”
On why he took the part in the latest instalment of the “Predator” franchise, Key says it was a “no-brainer,” stating that “[Shane Black] created a genre.”
“All the people in this movie are struggling with internal scars, regrets from the past,” he adds. “I want there to be flaws in the characters that I play, because people identify and resonate with that as much as anything else.”
The “Keanu” star also credits his wife, director/producer Elisa Pugliese, for helping him keep things in perspective. “My wife is very good at encouraging me to think about what my path is going to look like, and not compare it to other people’s,” he says. “It may be a healthy thing for my old heroes to lose a little lustre.”
Key and Pugliese tied the knot in June this year, a day the actor describes as “a joyous, joyous occasion.”
“I’m 47-years-old, I’ve experienced a lot of things, but I’ve never felt this way in my life,” he tells Title. “To be in a room where you know everyone and they love you and support you and want the best for you. I look out at the dance floor, and my aunt-in-law–my new aunt–is dancing with my stepmother, who has her arms up in her wheelchair.”
“They’re just words you’re going to print two-dimensionally on a page–‘joyous occasion.’ But it was the perfect expression of what I needed to do and where I needed to do it at this point in my journey.”
The magazine hits Canadian newsstands on Monday, Sept. 10.