John Boyega Blasts Samuel L. Jackson For Black Actors Casting Remarks
John Boyega slammed Samuel L. Jackson on Thursday after the Pulp Fiction star criticized the casting of black British actors in African-American roles. Jackson, who is currently promoting his new movie, Kong: Skull Island, spoke to Hot 97 radio station in New York on Wednesday about the satirical horror film, Get Out, which stars black British actor Daniel Kaluuya. In the movie, U.K. native Kaluuya dates a white American girl, which prompted Jackson to suggest the film would have benefited from having an African-American actor as its lead.
“I think it’s great that the movie’s doing everything it’s doing and people are loving it,” the actor said. “But… I know the young brother who’s in the movie, and he’s British. I tend to wonder what that movie would have been with an American brother who really feels that.”
Jackson further commented on how black, British actors would not completely understand the difficulties of interracial dating in America. “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? Some things are universal but (not everything is),” he said. “[British actors] are cheaper than us, for one thing. They don’t cost as much,” griped Jackson.
Following Jackson’s controversial remarks, Boyega immediately blasted his comments on Twitter. “Black brits vs. African American. A stupid ass conflict we don’t have time for,” the Star Wars actor wrote. Kaluuya also responded on social media to Jackson’s remarks. “Hmmm. Rise above your struggle,” he shared.