Actor answers Samuel L Jackson's criticism

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March 15, 2017
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NEW YORK (AP):

Daniel Kaluuya, star of the horror hit 'Get Out', has responded to Samuel L. Jackson's suggestion that a black American actor ought to have played his part.

Jackson last week told radio station Hot 97 that he thought too many roles were going to British black actors. Jackson said an "American brother who really feels" the movie's racial tensions would have benefited Get Out, a thriller about deep-seated American racism and an interracial couple.

In an interview posted Monday by GQ, the 27-year-old Kaluuya expressed admiration for Jackson, but disagreed with his stance.

"Here's the thing about that critique, though. I'm dark-skinned, bro," said Kaluuya. "When I'm around black people I'm made to feel 'other', because I'm dark-skinned. I've had to wrestle with that, with people going, 'You're too black.' Then I come to America and they say, 'You're not black enough.' I go to Uganda, I can't speak the language. In India, I'm black. In the black community, I'm dark-skinned. In America, I'm British. Bro!"