American actor Samuel L Jackson, who is in the process of promoting his film Kong: Skull Island, is being slammed by fellow actors for criticizing the common casting of many black British actors for films that concern American race issues.
In an appearance on a New York radio program Hot 97, Jackson spoke sharply about the newly released movie Get Out which features British actor Daniel Kaluuya- who is commonly known in the US for his character in a Black Mirror episode entitled ‘Fifteen Million Merits’ – as a man of African-American origin who has to interact with liberal, white Americans.
“I think it’s great [Get Out]’s doing everything it’s doing and people are loving it,” Jackson said to the station. “But… I know the young brother who’s in the movie, and he’s British.
“So, there are a lot of black British actors in these movies. I tend to wonder what would 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].”
He also said: “[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 stunned and upset Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega, who replied to the statements on Twitter stating: “Black brits vs African American. A stupid ass conflict we don’t have time for.”
Various British black celebrities were cast in many Hollywood films regarding race relations, such as David Oyelowo appearing as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor starring in the Oscar-winning movie 12 Years A Slave.