Samuel L Jackson: Why are black British actors taking jobs meant for African Americans?

Kong: Skull Island star Samuel L Jackson wonders why black British actors get all the roles meant for African Americans.

hollywood Updated: Mar 09, 2017 17:38 IST
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Samuel L Jackson,Daniel Kaluuya,Chiwetel Ejiofor
Samuel L Jackson in a still from Pulp Fiction.

Samuel L Jackson says Hollywood casts black British actors in American roles because they are considered “classically trained” and come cheaper for the filmmakers.

In an interview with radio station Hot 97, the 68-year-old legend wonders these artists play such parts without fully understanding the delicacies of the characters as they cannot relate with them, reported The Telegraph.

“They come here (USA) because there are more opportunities and they actually get paid when they work here,” says Jackson.

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a freed slave in a still from 12 Years a Slave (L), and David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr in a still from Selma. Both actors are British.

Batting for his fellow African-American actors, the Avengers star adds, “We’ve got a lot of brothers here that need to work too.”

Referring to the horror film Get Out, Jackson says, “But I know the young brother (actor Daniel Kaluuya) who’s in the movie, and he’s British. There are a lot of black British actors who work here all the time.

“I tend to wonder what would that movie would have been with an American brother who really understands it, in a way.”

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First Published: Mar 09, 2017 17:37 IST