Filmmaker/Comedian JORDAN PEELE just recently released his Horror/Comedy/Thriller film GET OUT, and; has already set a new record for being the first BLACK WRITER/DIRECTOR to gross $100 MILLION from a film!!!
GQ Journalist CAITY WEAVER caught up with Jordan Peele long enough to ask him a few questions for the current issue of GQ Magazine.
Here are some interview interludes:
Jordan Peele: I think Get Out will resonate differently in Trump's America than it would've if it came out in Obama's America. I really don't know how though. That's the hard thing about a "social thriller". You put in years to make a film, and society is a moving target. More interesting to me is to feel a part of this renaissance of untapped voices that's happening in the entertainment industry right now. With what Donald [Glover] is doing on Atlanta, what Issa [Rae] is doing with Insecure, and what [director and writer] Ava [DuVernay] is doing with everything... It feels like we can get sh*t made now, that we never could've before.
Black creators have not been given a platform, and the African-American experience can only be dealt with by an African-American. That might be problematic to say. And now that I think about it, [The Stepford Wivesauthor] Ira Levin is a man, and he and Roman Polanski wrote Rosemary’s Baby. Let’s say it would be scary for a white writer and director to do something that includes the victimization of black people in this way. Of course, we have this trope where the black guy is the first to die in every horror movie—that’s a way for [white filmmakers] to have their cake and eat it, too.