“I tend to wonder what that movie [Get Out] would have been with an American brother who really feels that,” Jackson said.
The satirical horror film Get Out, which in its second week held box-office success, prompted a controversial response from one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, Samuel L. Jackson, The Guardian reports.
Jackson used a Tuesday interview on New York’s Hot 97 radio station to comment on British actor Daniel Kaluuya’sportrayal of an African-American man trapped in liberal White America, leading to a larger conversation regarding specific members of the Black diaspora and their entitlement to communicate the historical context of the African-American experience on film.
“There are a lot of black British actors in these movies,” Jackson said during the segment. “I tend to wonder what that movie [Get Out] would have been with an American brother who really feels that.
“Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years,” he said. “What would a brother from America have made of that role? Some things are universal, but [not everything].”