NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Kaluuya, star of the horror hit “Get Out,” has responded to Samuel L. Jackson‘s suggestion that a black American actor ought to have played his part.

Jackson last week told radio station Hot 97 that he thought too many roles were going to British black actors. Jackson said an “American brother” would have benefited “Get Out,” a thriller about race and an interracial couple.

In an interview posted Monday by GQ, Kaluuya expressed admiration for Jackson but disagreed with his stance. The 27-year-old British actor said he’s had to wrestle with people calling him “too black.” He said: “When I’m around black people, I’m made to feel ‘other’ because I’m dark-skinned.”

“I just want to tell black stories,” said Kaluuya.

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2 thoughts on “Daniel Kaluuya Responds To Samuel Jackson’s Casting Critique

  1. I saw that interview and it made think, would an American black have been able to portray that situation better? I have never been to Europe, but I believe all black people get treated as second class citizens. So, his experience and their experience is valuable too. We can’t take that away from them. I’m not really sure if an American Black actor would have displayed the message any deeper. It may have, but I’m not sure.

    All in all, I think this film was more so for black people to see our feelings being validated and for other ethnicities to see the correlation of the film and real life situation and how we feel about the system white people have created.

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