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Boyega Slams Jackson Over Black British Actor Comments
Apr 4, 2017 by: WENN
John Boyega has hit out at Samuel L. Jackson over his comments he made criticising the casting of British actors as African-Americans in movies.
In an interview with radio station Hot 97, the Pulp Fiction actor, 68, suggested that African-American actors rather than British ones should star in films set in the U.S.
Star Wars actor Boyega, 24, slammed the star's remarks on Twitter, writing, "Black brits (sic) vs African American. A stupid a** conflict we don't have time for."
Samuel's comments were made in relation to Jordan Peele's new comedy horror Get Out, which features British actor Daniel Kaluuya as an African-American man meeting his white girlfriend's parents for the first time.
"I think it's great that movie's doing everything it's doing and people are loving it," Jackson says. "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."
He suggested that as a Brit, Daniel would not fully understand the difficulties of interracial dating experienced by African-Americans.
"Daniel grew up in a country where they've been interracial dating for a hundred years," he added. "What would a brother from America have made of that role? Some things are universal but (not everything is)."
A number of black British stars have been cast as African-American characters in Hollywood in recent years, with notable examples including David Oyelowo playing civil rights leader Martin Luther King in Selma and Chiwetel Ejiofor starring as Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave.
In an interview with The Guardian, Peele said he was initially sceptical of casting a non-American in Get Out, but that Daniel convinced him black men in Britain experienced similar prejudice.
"This movie was so much about representation of the African American experience," he said. "Early on, Daniel and I had a Skype session where we talked about this and I was made to understand how universal this issue is."
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