Get Out: Jordan Peele discusses the film's darker alternate ending
The writer-director comments on why he made the change
Warning: The following post contains spoilers about Get Out.
Spoiler alert: Chris got out.
In Jordan Peele’s horror comedy Get Out, which recently finished No. 1 at the box office, a visit to meet his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) parents turns as bad as it can get for a young black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya). Chris ends up discovering too late that the Armitage family lures black people to their neighborhood with the intent to transplant their rich, white friends and family into the newly acquired bodies. After escaping and killing his captors, a police car pulls up as Chris lies in the street, dead bodies scattered around him. Fearing the worst, Chris and the audience are delighted when it’s revealed that it’s actually his best friend and scene-stealer Rod (Lil Rel Howery).
But, it turns out that originally Peele had written a much darker ending. On the Another Round podcast, cohost Tracy Clayton says she had heard that the alternate version had the police showing up and Chris getting arrested for murder.
Admitting there were multiple possible endings, Peele detailed the reason he almost veered in a different direction. “In the beginning, when I was first making this movie the idea was, ‘Okay, we’re in this post-racial world, apparently.’ That was the whole idea,” he shared. “People were saying, like, ‘We’ve got Obama so racism is over, let’s not talk about it.’ It’s a wrap. That’s what the movie was meant to address. Okay, but look, you recognize this interaction. These are all clues, if you don’t already know, that racism isn’t over.”
Peele says he began writing the film at the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency, but by the time they started to shoot Get Out, “it was a much more woke time.”
He continued: “So the ending in that era was meant to say, ‘Look, you think race isn’t an issue?’ Well at the end, we all know this is how this movie would end right here. The fact that that rings true is the point of the film.”
Peele, who says he prefers the version they ultimately chose, went on to discuss why he decided to make the change.
“It was very clear that the ending needed to transform into something that gives us a hero, that gives us an escape, gives us a positive feeling when we leave this movie,” he admitted. “There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience go crazy when Rod shows up.”