Daniel Kaluuya is on a pretty good run. In addition to starring in the critical and commercial hit film Get Out--which just crossed the $100 million mark at the box office–he’ll also be mixing it up in the world of Wakanda in Ryan Coogler’s forthcoming Black Panther. While it’s an amazing time for the British-born thespian, a bit of the moment was spoiled when Samuel L. Jackson raised concerns about Black British actors playing roles that deal with racially-charged situations in America.
“There are a lot of Black British actors in these movies,” Jackson said during an interview on New York’s Hot 97. “I tend to wonder what that movie [Get Out] would have been with an American brother who really feels that.”
Jackson continued: “Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years. What would a brother from America have made of that role? Some things are universal, but [not everything].”
Some British actors, including Star Wars star John Boyega, took issue with Jackson’s comments. Boyega called the debate “stupid” and a waste of time.
Black brits vs African American. A stupid ass conflict we don't have time for.
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) March 8, 2017
In a new interview with GQ, Kaluuya explained that while Black Brits and Black Americans live in two separate countries, many of our experiences–especially when it comes to racism and police brutality–are similar.
Check out his full answer via GQ below: