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Jordan Peele's directorial debut Get Out has become the first major movie event of 2017, but Samuel L. Jackson had one notable critique: The actor told hip-hop radio station Hot 97 that Get Out should have starred an African American actor instead of the British-born Daniel Kaluuya.
Then Britain's own Star Wars actor John Boyega caught wind of the comment, he dismissed it as a "stupid-ass conflict."
“There are a lot of black British actors in these movies,” Jackson told the New York radio station. “I tend to wonder what Get Out would have been with an American brother who really understands that. I mean, Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years," Jackson said.
"What would a brother from America have made of that role? I'm sure the director helped, but some things are universal, but everything ain't ... there are some brothers from America who could've been in that movie,” he added.
The conversation turns to Get Out around 25:30. Jackson said that British actors are cheaper than American ones (but make more in the U.S. than U.K.) and that they are often classically trained in theater.
Boyega's tweet doesn't give much context, which speaks to his message and his desire to not spend more time on the matter. Before that, he
a Twitter user asking Jackson to "emancipate [himself] from mental slavery."
Mr @SamuelLJackson emancipate yourself from mental slavery my brother.— MR FEMI OGUNS (MBE) (@MrFemiOguns) March 8, 2017
Kaluuya himself told Vulture in February — before Jackson's commentary —
"I know what it means to be stopped by police. I’ve been stopped by police a lot. And the party scene, when everyone was highlighting how black Chris was and saying 'black' things and being nice. You kind of can’t say anything, because you know the intention is to make people feel welcome," .
"Only a black guy could write this, only someone that lives this," he added, referencing Jordan Peele's script. "I've been to so many parties in England and in America that’s exactly like that, where you’re kind of like seen as Other."
Get Out is in theaters.Topics: david-kaluuya, Entertainment, Movies, get out, john boyega, jordan peele, samuel l. jackson