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Samuel L Jackson: Don't cast British actors in films about US race relations

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Samuel L Jackson has criticised Hollywood for casting black British actors in films about US race relations.

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"I don't know what the love affair with all that is," the actor told US radio station Hot 97.

 

"We've got a lot of brothers here that need to work too."

He was responding to a question about the new comedy horror film Get Out, which stars British actor Daniel Kaluuya.

 

"I think it's great that movie's doing everything it's doing and people are loving it," Jackson says.

 

"But... I know the young brother who's in the movie, and he's British.

 

"I tend to wonder what that movie would have been with an American brother who really feels that."

 

Get Out is a satire on interracial dating in the US.

Kaluuya plays Chris Washington, an African American man who visits his white girlfriend's family for the first time.

Chris soon learns that most of the other black residents on their estate have gone missing and is warned to "get out".

 

Jackson suggests that an black American actor would have better understood the complexities of interracial dating in the US.

"Daniel grew up in a country where they've been interracial dating for a hundred years.

 

"What would a brother from America have made of that role?

 

"Some things are universal but [not everything is]," says the 68-year-old.

In an interview with The Guardian, Get Out director Jordan Peele said he "didn't want to go with a British actor" originally.

 

"This movie was so much about representation of the African American experience," he explained.

 

"Early on, Daniel and I had a Skype session where we talked about this and I was made to understand how universal this issue is.

"Once I'd wrapped my head around how universal these themes were it became easy for me to pick Daniel, because at the end of the day, he was the best person for the role."

 

Jackson also questions why British actor David Oyelowo was cast as Martin Luther King in the 2015 film Selma.

 

The biopic was nominated for six Oscars and Golden Globes, including a best actor nomination for Oyelowo.

 

Radio host Ebro Darden then asks Jackson why he thinks black British actors are getting cast as Americans.

 

"They're cheaper than us, for a start," he laughs.

 

"And [directors] think they're better than us because they're classically trained."

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Not all actors are equal. Why get a British guy to play an American guy when there are thousands of American guys fit for the part? 

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Not all actors are equal. Why get a British guy to play an American guy when there are thousands of American guys fit for the part?

Because that guy has the look and acting that they want or maybe they had auditions and he did the best.
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heaven forbid an actor ACT

exactly, I could care less where they are from. I noticed before that this was a big thing to Brits. Half of the Walking Dead cast are Brits playing southerners, I could care less.
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exactly, I could care less where they are from. I noticed before that this was a big thing to Brits. Half of the Walking Dead cast are Brits playing southerners, I could care less.

 

Sam's just being Salty because he knows Brits are better actors.

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I know a lot of American brothers who would never had survived if they couldn't go to England and play blues music and R&B there. So maybe it's ok.

lol wut

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Wonderful insights into acting offered in this thread. They should've cast Hulk Hogan in the part.

He is a real brother, BROTHER!

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Who cares, seriously?

 

Also, Brits would get more roles if you guys didn't have ****ED UP teeth.

 

Also, you lost the war - SUCK IT 

 

 

'Merica

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Apparently this mother **** is from Australia.

 

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Like there's no white american actors that can play a doctor?

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no he's a Brit. His younger protege is though.

 

 

Perfect example is the show Strike Back. An Aussie GOAT plays an American and an American plays a brit

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Sam would have spared a lot of people thinking he's an **** if he just said "Damn man I wanted the part that Kaluuya got" lol

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Everyone needs work. Hire the best person for the job. Period.

Yeah seriously

 

Can you imagine anyone other than Hugh Laurie as House? Or Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman? Or as batman in the Dark Knight trilogy?

 

 What about Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes? Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully?

 

The best person for the part is the best person for the part, double period.

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because Get Out was successful this creates talk but no one said a damn thing when Matt Damon stole roles from my fellow asian brothers in that stupid Great Wall movie

 

#AsianLivesMatter

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Its called acting for a reason, if a black english guy can play the part well why not cast him?

 

Infact i think daniel day lewis could play any part better than sammuel l jackson, should cast him as the next lead black role and i guarantee he would nail it.

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An overwhelming amount of actors these days are Brits.  They are taking our jobs.

 

its because they go to acting school and american actors start out at macdonalds

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Its called acting for a reason, if a black english guy can play the part well why not cast him?

 

Infact i think daniel day lewis could play any part better than sammuel l jackson, should cast him as the next lead black role and i guarantee he would nail it.

With his method acting, Daniel Day Lewis would probably move to Harlem and record a mixtape

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