So far this year, Get Out , Jordan Peele‘s film about racism, is the highest grossing movie of 2017, according to the Huffington Post.
“The ‘social thriller’ earned a 630 percent return on its $4.5 million filming and production budget and $30 million marketing budget. the report says. “Get Out brought in a whopping $252 million worldwide. “
Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions company inked a two-year deal in May with Universal for his next social thriller with a budget that is five times bigger than that of Get Out, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
‘Get Out’ Sparks Criticism From Samuel L. Jackson About Black British Actors Who Portray African-Americans On Film
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’s portrayal 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].”
“There are some brothers in America who could have been in that movie who would have had a different idea about how King thinks,” he said.
Jackson pointed to two factors: British actors “don’t cost as much,” and argued directors/casting agents believe British actors are more classically trained.
Star Wars star John Boyenga used Twitter to swipe at Jackson’s argument.
“Black brits vs African-American. A stupid ass conflict we don’t have time for,” Boyenga tweeted on Tuesday night.
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SOURCE: The Guardian