Jordan Peele Weighs In On Breaking Racial Barriers In ‘Get Out’ Directorial Debut

Best known for starring in the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele and his role on MADtv, Jordan Peele is taking his on screen talents to the directors chair. 

Jordan Peele makes his directorial debut in his speculative thriller ‘Get Out’ which features a young African-American Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), who feel they have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating and from the looks of it things seem to be getting pretty serious.

Rose invites Chris for a weekend getaway upstate with her parents Missy and Dean. From jump Chris is met with the family’s overly accommodating behavior which seems to make him a little uneasy early.

As the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Earlier today we had a chance to attend a private Q&A session with Director Jordan Peele at Morehouse College where students really had a chance to get up close in personal with Peele.

In a one-on-one discussion moderated by NBC BLK’s Amber Payne, Peele weighed in on breaking barriers in his directorial debut and so much more.

Quickly setting the tone in the beginning of the film, Peele reveals that he wasn’t really sure how he got the movie made seeing as though ‘the black man doesn’t die first’.

“I honestly thought this movie would never get made. I sat down to write this movie as a writing project to write my favorite horror movie that doesn’t exist, and it was meant as a gain, you know something to make me a better writer.

You really have to write your favorite thing that doesn’t exist. For me the I don’t think black content creators have been nurtured and haven’t gotten the chance to have platforms for our visions. I have been on TV for years and I still didn’t think this movie was possible until I mentioned it of handedly in a conversation a few years ago and someone said lets make it.”

Peele went on to mention that the concept of the movie came from similar places where Key & Peele sketches come from. 

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