Jordan Peele spoke with EBONY correspondent Jamaal Finkley after a press screening of his latest horror film, Us, about the film’s “Easter eggs.” The Oscar-winning director said the “most rewarding” part of filmmaking is “to see people engage in conversation and things I’m interested in. I’m always trying to point my commentary at things that I feel like deserve conversation.” The movie stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke. It follows a family as they’re terrorized by their doppelgangers. Peele told Finkley that he had to grapple with his own demons to make the film including his privilege life as a middle-class American. “I’ve neglected what the privilege means in terms of the people who have suffered and continue to suffer to that I can have it,” he said about his way of living. “We’re connected to other people. Somebody made these shoes. That is the message I wanted to then apply to the ‘us’ of it: the United States, the nuclear family…the ability to cover up what is uncomfortable for us.” Peele also explained the film’s motifs of the white rabbit, a reference to Easter; and Hands Across America, a 1986 benefit event and publicity campaign where an estimated 6.5 million people held hands creating a chain across the U.S. for 15 minutes. He concluded the interview expressing how emotional it was to witness Spike Lee win his first Oscar for BlacKkKlansman, which Peele produced. Us will be released in theaters on March 19.
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