Our Man Crush Monday this week is the star of this year’s breakout horror film Get Out. British actor Daniel Kaluuya got his big break in TV E4 teen drama Skins for which he also wrote three episodes. Despite not attending drama school in 2008 Kaluuya was cast in Youngers writer, Levi David Addai’s play Oxford Street. The cast received a nomination for Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre and his performance led to him being cast in Roy William 2010 play Sucker Punch for which Kaluuya won the Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer.
Least likely to…not speak his mind. Kaluuya recently publicly responded to a criticism by Samuel L Jackson that too many roles were going to British black actors instead of African-Americans. Speaking to GQ, Kaluuya responded, “Here’s the thing about that critique, though. I’m dark-skinned, bro…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!..”
Impress him with…humour. Although Kaluuya regular plays comedic roles he doesn’t class himself as a comedian. However he does have a love for the genre and back in 2009 recorded a video parody of Boy Better Know’s Too Many Men with comedian Jason Lewis. The track was called Too Many Weaves and received nearly 400,000 views on YouTube.
Mention…superheros. Kaluuya will star as W’Kabi in Marvel Comic’s upcoming superhero feature film Black Panther which should hit cinemas in February 2018.
And another thing…Kaluuya also writes scripts and is in the process of writing a film. He actually wrote his first script when he was 9 years old for a competition he won and it was performed at Hampstead Theatre…