Samuel L. Jackson explained during an interview on Hot 97 that he has a problem with Black British actors being cast as African-Americans in films.
Criticizing the likes of David Oyelowo, who played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, and Daniel Kaluuya, who is currently the face of the box office smash Get Out, Jackson said he is starting to wonder why African-American men were not cast in these roles.
"I know the young brother who's in the movie, and he's British," Jackson said, referring to Kaluuya. "There are a lot of Black British actors that work in this country. All the time. I tend to wonder what would that movie have been with an American brother who really understands that in a way."
The Legend of Tarzan star went on to use the concept of interracial dating — which was explored in Get Out — as a concept that he said may have been an easier task to portray for an African-American actor.
"Because Daniel grew up in a country where they've been interracial dating for 100 years. Britain, there's only about eight real white people left in Britain," he continued. "So what would a brother from America made of that role? I'm sure the director helped. Some things are universal, but everything ain't."
When asked why he thought some directors scope out Black British actors opposed to African-American actors, he said, They don't cost as much. Unless you're an unknown brother that they're finding somewhere."
"They think they're better trained, for some reason, than we are because they're classically trained," he added. "I don't know what the love affair is with all that. It's all good. Everybody needs to work, but there are a lot of brothers here that need to work too. They come here because there are more opportunities, and they actually get paid when they work here. Which is fine."
Take a look at the interview, in full, below:
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens star, John Boyega, a British actor, himself, weighed in on Jackson's comments in a tweet.
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