Daniel Kaluuya has been a recognizable actor for years, but his career in the United States has only taken off in the past decade. His starring role in Jordan Peele’s horror flick Get Out made him a household name in America and was followed by roles in movies such as Black Panther and Judas and the Black Messiah. But despite his outstanding performance in Get Out, Kaluuya wasn’t even invited to the movie’s world premiere.
Daniel Kaluuya made ‘Get Out’ the iconic movie that it is
Get Out tells the story of Chris Washington (played by Kaluuya), a Black photographer who apprehensively agrees to meet his white girlfriend’s family. When he gets there, however, he discovers something sinister: the twisted family harvests the bodies of Black people to preserve their own immortality.
Get Out resonated with so many people because it touched on many issues and discussions that have been had over the past several decades. The act of putting a white brain in a Black body because of their physical characteristics falls in line with the recent trend of non-Black people modifying their bodies to emulate Black physical characteristics.
Daniel Kaluuya wasn’t invited to the movie premiere
Despite bringing Get Out to life with his role, Kaluuya wasn’t even invited to the movie’s world premiere at Sundance Film Festival in 2017. The British actor opened up about the experience in an appearance on The Graham Norton Show in February 2021.
“They didn’t invite me, bro. They didn’t invite me,” Kaluuya admitted casually.
“I was in Atlanta because I was shooting [Black] Panther,” he explained. “I was chilling. I cleared my schedule. I was like, ‘I really wanna do it.’ And then I just didn’t get the invite, man.”
Even though the star of the film was snubbed from his own premiere, Kaluuya laughs about the situation today.
“I wasn’t invited. So I was just in my bed — someone texted me, ‘It’s done really well,’ and I’m like, ‘Alright, that’s cool,'” he chuckled.
Daniel Kaluuya still gets recognized for his ‘Get Out’ role today
Kaluuya reunited with his Get Out co-star LaKeith Stanfield for the new film Judas and the Black Messiah, and they both realized that the horror movie still follows them to this day.
“We went to a bowling alley in Cleveland, because we shot [Judas and the Black Messiah] in Cleveland. And then people were coming up to LaKeith and they were flashing stuff,” Kaluuya recalled, referencing the central plot point of camera flashes in Get Out. “I thought it just happened to me! I felt less alone! I was like, ‘Aw, man, that happens to you as well?! That’s cool, that’s cool.”