Get Out was arguably 2017s biggest film, with the upcoming Marvel flick, Black Panther, on target to fill that same coveted spot for 2018. In a new interview with Variety, stars from both films share which Black movies were the most influential for them growing up and even today as they navigate the industry, with Get Out director Jordan Peele starting off with 1989’s Glory.
“All the performances were great it in, but that was one where it felt like the black performers—even though they were the supporting characters in that movie and [were] looked at as supporting characters in the country—were lead roles,” Peele said. “These were the protagonists of their own destiny.”
Leading man and Black Panther co-star, Daniel Kaluuya, said he connected to British film Bullet Boy, which details the black experience in London, England.
“It’s the first time I saw my experience on screen and it was really profound.”
Chadwick Boseman had a bit of trouble narrowing down his choices, saying it comes down to Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, telling the site, “I can’t pick one. Are you crazy right now.”
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler also narrowed it down to two selections.
“One was Boyz n the Hood and another one was Malcom X. Both made by incredible directors who I know now, crazy enough.”
Lupita Nyong’o chose The Color Purple as the seminal Black film that inspired her career.
“It was one of the first films I watched where a woman had my complexion and my hair texture,” says Nyong’o of leading lady, Whoopi Goldberg. “That was deeply, deeply moving and influential. Possibilities are born when you see yourself reflected.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.