It wasn’t hard for Daniel Kaluuya to get into character for Get Out‘s big party scene because he says he’s been in that the same situation.
In director Jordan Peele’s hit film, Kaluuya stars as Chris, a young African-American photographer visiting his girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) parents for the first time. During the trip, Chris attends a party full of older, rich white people, who all seem to be very interested in him. Later in the film, which has garnered praise throughout awards season thus far, the audience finds out the nefarious reason why.
“That party scene was just like, ‘Oh, I’ve been in that party. I’m going to that party,'” shared Kaluuya as part of EW’s SAG Awards Spotlight. “Like, that kind of racism that isn’t seen as racism, that isn’t seen as, kind of like, mainstream racism. It’s just life. And to explore that is quite an uncomfortable conversation. And Jordan just spoke his truth. He cinematically articulated an experience that millions of people go through and they are made to feel crazy for going through that. But he just said, ‘No, actually, you’re not crazy.'”
At Sunday’s SAG Awards, Kaluuya is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, while he and the rest of the Get Out cast are up for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
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