UPDATE: Jackson later clarified his comments while speaking to the AP.
"It was not a slam against them. But it was just a comment about how Hollywood works in an interesting sort of way sometimes. We're not afforded that same luxury, but that's fine, we have plenty of opportunities to work … I enjoy their work ... I enjoy working with them when I have the opportunity to do that."
Read the original post below.
Samuel L. Jackson is not down with "Get Out" for casting a black British actor to play an African American.
In an interview with New York radio station Hot 97 on Monday, Jackson explained that the role may have be portrayed a different way if it had an American lead actor.
"There are a lot of black British actors in these movies,” Jackson said. “I tend to wonder what ['Get Out'] would have been with an American brother who really understands that."
Chris, the main character in "Get Out," is played by London-born actor Daniel Kaluuya.
"Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years,” Jackson said. “What would a brother from America have made of that role? Some things are universal, but everything ain’t."
The casting decision was also discussed by Jordan Peele in an interview with The Observer where he admitted that the did not plan to, nor want to cast a British actor in the lead, but he felt Kaluuya was perfect for the role.
"This movie was so much about representation of the African American experience," Peele said. "Once I’d wrapped my head around how universal these themes were, it became easy for me to pick Daniel, because at the end of the day, he was the best person for the role. He did the audition and it was a slam dunk.”
Jackson, although, claims that the reason for casting British actors is mostly because of they can be offered a lot less money.
"They’re cheaper than us, for one thing. They don’t cost as much...and they (casting agents) think they’re better trained, because they’re classically trained.”
Watch the entire interview above, or fast forward to about the 25:30 mark to see him discuss "Get Out."
British actor John Boyega -- who isn't in "Get Out" but appeared in "Star Wars" -- responded to Jackson's statements on Twitter. First, he re-tweeted someone who wrote, "Mr @SamuelLJackson emancipate yourself from mental slavery my brother."
He then tweeted this:
Black brits vs African American. A stupid ass conflict we don't have time for.— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) March 8, 2017