Jordan Peele is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone, and discusses an array of topics in the wide-ranging interview.
In fact, part of the interview takes place at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” area of the Universal Studios theme park in L.A., which inspires the writer/director/actor to share an idea.
“I’ve been trying to pitch a ‘Get Out’ ride,” says the 39-year-old Peele of his Oscar-winning horror hit. “It’s my ongoing joke — ‘You have to be this colour or darker to enter.’ I don’t know how they would do it… But someday, I’m going to have a ride.”
Talking about his upcoming film “Us”, the former star of Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele” promises the movie will break some new ground.
“It’s important to me that we can tell black stories without it being about race,” he says of “Us”. “I realized I had never seen a horror movie of this kind, where there’s an African-American family at the centre that just is. After you get over the initial realization that you’re watching a black family in a horror film, you’re just watching a movie. You’re just watching people. I feel like it proves a very valid and different point than ‘Get Out’, which is, not everything is about race. ‘Get Out’ proved the point that everything is about race. I’ve proved both points!”
Peele also has some words to share about Kanye West, who referenced the Sunken Place from “Get Out” when he took to Twitter and posted photos of the white walls in his mansion, asking in the since-deleted tweet, “do this look like the sunken place?”
Responding to that and other West references to the Sunken Place, Peele tells RS, “However frustrated I am with what he’s doing, the artist in me is like, ‘He saw my movie!’”
He adds: “The thing about Kanye is, it feels to me that, whatever he’s going through, he’s trying to tell his truth. And there’s something magnetic about people who are trying to tell the truth. I might be wrong, but my feeling is that even when he’s saying something I disagree with, he’s trying to tell his truth, and that’s more than you can say about 90 per cent of people.”
Meanwhile, Peele took to Twitter to weigh in on his Rolling Stone cover debut, jokingly taking issue with the mag’s cover line.
You can read more with Jordan Peele in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.