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James Woodcock
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Well this just got really silly. 

Samuel L Jackson is saying that the British actor in the film GET OUT cannot play that character as well as an American actor because he is from Britain and has therefore not experienced the same background as a black actor from America.

I don't even know where to start with that.
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It's called ACTING, isn't it?
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Says the actor playing a traditionally white character in a Marvel franchise. 
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I had no idea the actor in GET OUT was British until I read this thread (and, yes, I saw the movie.) 
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Says the actor playing a traditionally white character in a Marvel franchise.

Many actors I know possess a remarkable ability to compartmentalize their lives. They can, without any hesitation, condemn something that is hardly a jot different from what they are doing themselves.

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Take this to its logical conclusion and the following become a problem:
Straight actor playing gay character
Gay actor playing straight character
Actor born in any country other than the country from which the character is from
Actor that has not experienced exactly what the character has experienced.

The end of acting


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SILENCE OF THE LAMBS would have been so much better if Anthony
Hopkins had been a genuine cannibal serial killer.


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SILENCE OF THE LAMBS would have been so much better if Anthony Hopkins had been a genuine cannibal serial killer.

Or American. . .

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I haven't seen GET OUT, but from what I've gathered, some of the WTF moments could possibly be better interpreted by someone outside of American society than someone who's perhaps become desensitized to some aspects of the culture by growing up in it.

May be a moot point with Jordan Peele writing and directing. Safe to say he has a handle on the American Black experience.






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The American Black experience.

Is there one? I'm one of the Whitest people you are ever likely to meet, yet I would not claim to have a handle on the "White experience". I know that there is an almost cosmic gulf between my life as a millionaire in Connecticut and, say, the experience of "White trash" in the deep south. Likewise, there is a similarly sized gulf in the other direction, separating me from the "1%" at the top of the pyramid.

So, isn't it somewhat condescending (and more than a little racist) to assume there is a common experience for all Black people in America?

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The Black American Experience is indeed a broad term.

BUT....when it is reflected "improperly", it's obvious to those who 'live it'..... and even many who don't.

When the Black American Experience is reflected in someone like Sheriff David Clarke, Clarence Thomas or Ben Carson, it feels 'wrong' or 'skewed'.   Yes, all these men are Black Americans.  And yes, politically conservative Black folks are real (and weird IMO).  But almost EVERYONE who hears them speak on THEIR experience recognizes the disconnect.

These people are decidedly uncommon and seem to occupy a fairly dank corner of 'the experience'.  Especially since at the end of the day, they tend to be harmful to Black America as a whole.




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I think there are a common set of experiences that many members of a
minority encounter by virtue of being a minority. Which is not to say
they are universal, but common enough that it becomes part of that
identity.
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I was having similar thoughts as Michael Roberts, but he articulated them more succinctly than I would have.

In that regard, Peele lends the project at least as much credence as Sam Jackson or any other African-American actor, writer, or director would.
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