Get Out Director Jordan Peele Reveals Why He Won’t Hire White Actors As The Lead In His Films
Director Jordan Peele has declared that he will not be casting white actors as leads in his movies – at least for now. The Oscar winner followed up his hugely successful first feature film Get Out with the equally successful Us. Peele noticeably cast a black family for the feature film. The 40-year-old told an audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, in east Hollywood, that it was a major honor to do so.
“I’m Fortunate To Hire Black Actors”
“I get to cast black people in my movies. I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal – ‘I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family’ – and they say yes,” Peele said as reported by the Hollywood Reporter reported.
“I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie,” he declared.
His Latest Movie Is Breaking Records
Peele went on to explain that he wasn’t being prejudice, but had seen the white lead time and time again.
“Not that I don’t like white dudes, but I’ve seen that movie. It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is feeling like we are in this time — a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false,” he said.
The Oscar-nominated director’s new film Us opened with a record breaking $88 million on it’s opening weekend.