“Racism is like a franchise. It’s like the Marvel Universe. It’s all interconnected.”
Comedian Jordan Peele couldn’t help but laugh when considering the scary relevance of his new horror flick Get Out.
Peele sat down with theGrio.com recently in New York to discuss the buzz around the movie, which hits theaters Friday.
The film, which has already garnered wide-ranging praise from critics and fans, tells the story of one black man’s experience navigating racial stereotypes, an interracial relationship and a wild and terrifying trip to meet his girlfriend’s parents.
Peele says he didn’t think Get Out would ever make it to the big screen because it was too “out there.”
“I thought it was my favorite movie that I hadn’t seen, so it was really fun to write,” Peele concedes. “But now that it has turned this corner and it seems to be relevant in even a more special way than it was originally intended… I feel like ‘Ok, now I can go do these other movies I want to do,’ and people will be paying attention.”
Peele tells us he doesn’t have plans for a sequel to Get Out, though his ‘racism is a franchise’ quip is certainly true. Instead, Peele is developing four other “social thrillers” he plans on rolling out over the course of the next decade.
“This movie was meant to give horror audiences but also black horror audiences some representation,” Peele says. “And a lot of I think what has ended up being fun about this movie and sort of a release is that it looks at racism in a kind of a new way. And it does, it gives us a hero in this real life horror.”
That hero is played by actor Daniel Kuluuya. Kuluuya’s character, “Chris,” is put into one both dangerous and awkward scene after another. He quickly learns he doesn’t have many allies on the trip to his girlfriend’s family estate.
In other words, sh*t completely hits the fan.
“This movie explores a lot of ways that people make presumptions,” Peele told theGrio.com. “It explores presumptions black people make about white people as well. Or that black people make about other black people. I think race is something that every individual needs to look within themselves and deal with first and foremost.”