Daniel Kaluuya Wasn’t Invited To The “Get Out” Premiere
Way back in 2017, the Jordan Peele-directed film Get Out became a monster sleeper hit, grossing $255 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget. The film’s lead, British actor Daniel Kaluuya, was nominated for a bunch of awards, including a Best Actor Oscar. Since then he’s starred in Black Panther, Widows, and Judas and the Black Messiah (for which he’s just been nominated for a Golden Globe).
So yeah, Daniel’s a big deal. But it wasn’t always that way, at least according to a story he shared on The Graham Norton Show. Daniel told Graham that he was obviously really excited to attend the Sundance surprise world premiere of Get Out. He was shooting Black Panther at the time and asked for time off, assuming that he’d get an invite, cuz, you know, he’s the film’s star. But… no invite came. Ruh-roh. Did someone fuck up? Or was he purposely ignored? Either way, Daniel was hurt.
Daniel said, via Page Six:
“I was in Atlanta because I was shooting ‘[Black] Panther,’” Kaluuya explained. “I was chilling, I cleared my schedule. I was like, ‘I really wanna do it.’ And then I just didn’t get the invite, man.
“I wasn’t invited. So I was just in my bed — someone texted me, ‘It’s done really well,’ and I’m like, ‘Alright, that’s cool.’”
He added, “That’s the industry, Graham! This is the game.”
When Norton tried to reassure the actor that it must have been an accident, Kaluuya replied, “You don’t want to be in a place that you don’t feel wanted, you feel me?”
Awww, Daniel! I asked Detective Google, and the only people who participated in a Q&A after the screening (it was a surprise premiere) were Jordan, some white producer-looking types, and Daniel’s co-star Bradley Whitford. There didn’t seem to be a red carpet. And I don’t see Allison Williams. Man, if Allison Williams was invited and Daniel wasn’t? That would’ve been truly unforgivable.
Also during the interview, Daniel confirmed Black Panther 2 is a go and shared his thoughts on continuing the franchise without Chadwick Boseman:
We’re gonna have to honour him. And give as much to his legacy as much as he gave to us. Cuz he gave us everything. Stayed here to give us everything. An incredible man and an incredible soul.
Daniel also joked that Get Out was such a big deal that he tries to avoid saying “get out!” in his everyday life: “Yeah, when I have conversations now, I have to say, ge- errr, leave. LEAVE.” Luckily for Daniel, he’s not a melodramatic teenage girl. Seriously, “GET OUT! You’re ruining MY LIFE!” was my go-to line in 2003 (punctuated by a dramatic door slam that’d shake my lava lamps). If you’d taken my beloved catchphrase away, I’d have had NOTHING.
Here’s Daniel on Graham Norton: