Daniel Kaluuya is getting candid about his difficulties in the film industry.

In a conversation with “Nope” director Jordan Peele for Essence, the actor reveals that before landing the lead role in “Get Out”, he was on the verge of quitting acting altogether.

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“I’ve never told you this, but when you reached out to me and we had that Skype, I was really disillusioned with acting,” Kaluuya admitted to Peele. “I had stopped acting for like a year and a half. I checked out, because I was just like, this isn’t working. I wasn’t getting roles, because racism and all this kind of stuff — so you reaching out was like, ‘OK, I’m not crazy. It’s proper. It’s going to be alright.'”


After starring in “Get Out”, Kaluuya’s career began to take off, landing roles in films like “Widows” and “Queen & Slim”, and getting an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in “Judas and the Black Messiah”.

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