Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer lift the veil on the film industry in Jordan Peele’s new film Nope | Ents & Arts News

When writer-director Jordan Peele and British actor Daniel Kaluuya teamed up to direct 2017’s Get Out, they proved that horror was as award-worthy a genre as any.

The film scored a win for Peele in the Best Original Screenplay category and made a star of Kaluuya, actor born in London.

They’ve both been busy since then, with Kaluuya picking up his own Oscar last year for his portrayal of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

Now their latest film Nope sees them working together again, and once again expanding a genre – this time science fiction with a flying saucer film that examines our obsession with spectacle, exploitation and the film industry. herself.

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Kaluuya plays horse master OJ. Photo: universal

While stars like Kaluuya may represent the glamorous side of the business, the reality is that there are many unsung workers who are the backbone of Hollywood.

The actor told Sky News that we should recognize the cinema for what it is: “The glamor is how you sell the film, but the reality is that it’s a job.

“You’re doing something that doesn’t exist, so it’s always a challenge, you know? It’s always a transplant… There’s so many people that go into making a film – there’s the handles , there’s the camera department, there’s the sound, there’s so many kinds of grafting.

“So it’s good that this film shows the kind of reality of one of the crew members on set, and it’s not all glamorous.”

Kaluuya co-star Keke Palmer said, “There are a lot of people who are forgotten, and they’re only that because not everything they do gets caught on camera.

“How we believe something isn’t happening or something isn’t valid because you don’t see it filmed – I think that’s also a lot of it, sometimes it’s the best moments you’re not going to capture on camera, you know, and that happens a lot in movies.

“You don’t see the best moments – you only see the part we captured.”

Keke Palmer plays Em, OJ's sister.  Photo: universal
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Keke Palmer plays Em, OJ’s sister. Photo: universal

With its soul-searching themes, as well as genuinely chilling moments and unanswered questions, Nope will stick with audiences long after they leave the theater.

Kaluuya says he’s only interested in making films that have that kind of impact: “I’m not afraid of being bad, I think [I’m in] fear of being forgotten.

“You know, it’s like when you put so many hours and time into something and people go ‘huh’ and go on with their lives.

“So the fact that we’re making films that whether they stay in your mind or in your heart or whatever, stay with you.”

Director Jordan Peele poses in the press room with the Best Original Screenplay Oscar
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Peele with his Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2017

He says he was looking forward to working with Peele again, and that despite their meteoric careers since the success of Get Out, not much has changed between them.

“There was a shift in the sense that we were just a little bit more sure of what we were doing,” he explained.

“But we just did what we used to do in terms of setting, in terms of character, in terms of scenes, we just locked in and [focused on] how do we make it work and how do we bring the character to the audience?”

Palmer, who plays Kaluuya’s character’s sister, says she, too, has focused on ongoing acting work.

She says it wasn’t until she made the film that she allowed herself to be absorbed into its larger context.

“I was so focused on my character, I knew the big themes of what it was about, but I don’t think I could really start to unpack it until I saw it all together.

“Because if you’re thinking about everything while you’re filming it could be distracting in terms of what part you play in it, so I really wanted to be the tool for what Emerald was intended for, to know you, to help in the ‘story.

“So after being able to really get into the wholeness of it all.”

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Kaluuya says playing horse trainer OJ – a man who doesn’t speak much – gave him the opportunity to learn something new.

“Like Keke was saying, it felt like I was just focusing on OJ – we’re the acting department, so we just watch that and focus on that.

“We understand the themes, we understand what’s going on and then you have to focus and speak the truth, what’s the truth for this scene?

“So [with] JO I learned a lot about stillness and stillness and how you can connect to beings with no communication, no vocabulary – that’s a big thing I took away from the movie.”

Nope is out in UK cinemas now.

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