Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya: ‘I resent that I have to prove I’m black’

Actor responds to criticisms made by Samuel L Jackson over casting of black British actors in American films

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya has responded to criticisms made by Samuel L Jackson over the casting of black British actors in roles about US race relations, saying that he resented having to prove that Im black.

In an interview last week Jackson questioned the casting of Kaluuya in Get Out, a horror film centred on an interracial relationship between a black American man and his white partner. I tend to wonder what that movie would have been with an American brother who really feels that, he told radio station Hot 97.1, adding. Some things are universal, but [not everything].

Kaluuya addressed Jacksons comments in an interview with GQ published on Tuesday.

Big up Samuel L Jackson, because heres a guy who has broken down doors. He has done a lot so that we can do what we can do, Kaluuya said.

Heres the thing about that critique, though. Im dark-skinned. When Im around black people Im made to feel other because Im dark-skinned. Ive had to wrestle with that, with people going Youre too black. Then I come to America and they say, Youre not black enough.

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