Nearly a week later and Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya is responding to Samuel L. Jackson‘s controversial comments about the film’s casting!
In case you missed it, the 68-year-old actor faced some backlash after saying the racially-charged horror film should have starred an American actor instead of Daniel, who was born in London. Samuel later clarified he wasn’t trying to slam the actor, but was just making a point.
Well, it definitely sounds like the British star has something to say to The Hateful Eight actor!
In an interview with GQ, the 27-year-old shared:
“Big up Samuel L. Jackson, because here’s a guy who has broken down doors. He has done a lot so that we can do what we can do.”
But Daniel continued:
“Here’s the thing about that critique, though. I’m dark-skinned, bro. When I’m around black people I’m made to feel ‘other’ because I’m dark-skinned. I’ve had to wrestle with that, with people going ‘You’re too black.’ Then I come to America and they say, ‘You’re not black enough.’ I go to Uganda, I can’t speak the language. In India, I’m black. In the black community, I’m dark-skinned. In America, I’m British. Bro!”
He also explained racism exists in the UK, hitting at a point Samuel was trying to make:
“[Black people in the UK], the people who are the reason I’m even about to have a career, had to live in a time where they went looking for housing and signs would say, ‘NO IRISH. NO DOGS. NO BLACKS.’ That’s reality. Police would round up all these black people, get them in the back of a van, and wrap them in blankets so their bruises wouldn’t show when they beat them. That’s the history that London has gone through. The Brixton riots, the Tottenham riots, the 2011 riots, because black people were being killed by police. That’s what’s happening in London. But it’s not in the mainstream media. Those stories aren’t out there like that. So people get an idea of what they might think the experience is.”
The Black Panther star finished off with one last thought:
“This is the frustrating thing, bro├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥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. You know what I’m saying? I kind of resent that mentality… I resent that I have to prove that I’m black. I don’t know what that is. I’m still processing it.”
It doesn’t seem likely Samuel will have anything to say about Daniel’s recent comments, but we certainly hopes he reads them!
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