Daniel Kaluuya doesn’t think Americans know what happens outside America
Daniel Kaluuya has stated many people don’t understand the black British experience (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)
Daniel Kaluuya has stated how he believes not many Americans are aware of the world outside their borders, referring to concerns Get Out director Jordan Peele had over his casting.
The 28-year-old actor appeared on a panel for nominees of the Bafta Rising Star Award alongside Call Me By Your Name’s Timothee Chalamet, where he detailed how the Get Out director’s main concern over casting him was because he wasn’t American.
Speaking at the panel, Timothee said to Daniel: ‘I thought it was fascinating when you said Jordan [Peele] really wanted to cast you but the only thing he was nervous about was you weren’t American, and that you were British.’
Daniel replied: ‘Yeah it was a lot of that… I think in America they don’t really know stuff which happens outside of America.’
After the audience burst into a mix of hesitant hysterics, Daniel added: ‘It’s going to be a long week.
‘They don’t know the black British experience, because a lot of people don’t. I think a lot of people in England don’t.’
Daniel plays Chris in Get Out (Picture: Universal)
He continued: ‘You just have to adopt different perspectives. You just have to see the world different. I was brought up to see the way I live my life isn’t the way everyone else lives their life. So when you see characters you’re able to take on other perspectives and empathise.’
Get Out is nominated for two Baftas at this year’s bash, Best Actor In A Leading Role for Daniel Kaluuya and Best Original Screenplay for Jordan Peele.
The film has also scooped up four nominations at this year’s Oscars, in Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
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