John Boyega hits out at Samuel L Jackson over criticism of black British actors who take African American roles
Samuel L Jackson - who is currently promoting the film Kong: Skull Island - has criticised the casting of black British actors in films concerning Americans race relations.
Jackson’s comments were made in relation to Jordan Peele’s new comedy horror Get Out, which features British actor Daniel Kaluuya as an African-American man meeting his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time. Ultimately, Jackson's comments suggested that Daniel would not fully understand the difficulties of interracial dating experienced by African-Americans.
“I think it’s great that movie’s doing everything it’s doing and people are loving it,” Jackson said. “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.”
“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? I’m sure the director helped, but some things are universal, but [not everything].” Jackson continued, saying: “[British actors] are cheaper than us, for one thing. They don’t cost as much. And they [casting agents and directors] think they’re better trained because they’re classically trained.”
Jackson’s comments sparked a huge debate online, as well as a response from British actor John Boyega.
Black brits vs African American. A stupid ass conflict we don't have time for.— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) March 8, 2017
UPDATE: (10/03/2017 11:41AM): Samuel L. Jackson has clarified his recent controversial comments about black British actors. Speaking with The Associated Press, the actor further explained his previous comments, saying: “It was not a slam against them, but it was just a comment about how Hollywood works in an interesting sort of way sometimes.”
He added: “We’re not afforded that same luxury, but that’s fine, we have plenty of opportunities to work.”
He also said of British actors: “I enjoy their work… I enjoy working with them when I have the opportunity to do that.”
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