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‘Get Out’ star Daniel Kaluuya responds to Samuel L. Jackson’s criticism about his casting

16 March 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Samuel L. Jackson criticized the lead star of “Get Out,” Daniel Kaluuya, and now the latter responded to the criticism.

“Get Out” center on the role of Kaluuya, Chris, dating a white woman played by Allison Williams. Kaluuya is of Ugandan descent and was born in London. Jackson said when he guested in Hot 97 in New York, "There are a lot of black British actors that work in this country," he said last week. "I tend to wonder what would that movie have been with an American who really understands that in a way … Because Daniel grew up in a country where, you know, they've been interracially dating for a hundred years."

Kaluuya was interviewed by GQ and although he praised Jackson for being a veteran actor but he explained he still faces racism even amongst other people of color. Kaluuya said when he is around black people, he is made to feel left out as he is too dark-skinned. The 27-year-od also said when he came to America, people said he was not black enough but when he goes to Uganda, he cannot speak the language so he cannot make connections.

He added, “Let me say, I'm not trying to culture-vulture the thing. I empathize. That script spoke to me. I've been to Ugandan weddings and funerals and seen that cousin bring a white girl. That's a thing in all communities. I really respect African-American people. I just want to tell black stories.”

Kaluuya also said he sometimes resents having to prove he is black and he has to relive the moments he underwent in order to let others accept he is black. He said, "This is the frustrating thing, bro. In order to prove that I can play this role, I have to open up about the trauma that I've experienced as a black person. I have to show off my struggle so that people accept that I'm black. No matter that every single room I go to, I'm usually the darkest person there … I kind of resent that mentality. I'm just an individual."

He also said he thinks being asked how it is to be a black actor is racist. However, he cannot do anything about it because it is a norm. Kaluuya said it is sad people tend to single him out because of his skin color and not the content of his spirit.

Jackson is yet to comment.

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