Daniel Kaluuya lied about accents to get auditions

Daniel Kaluuya used to lie about his accent skills to land auditions.The Get Out star has landed roles on both sides of the Atlantic, seamlessly shifting between his native British and an American accent. However, Daniel has now admitted that in the ea…

Daniel Kaluuya used to lie about his accent skills to land auditions.

The Get Out star has landed roles on both sides of the Atlantic, seamlessly shifting between his native British and an American accent. However, Daniel has now admitted that in the early days of his acting career, he oversold his abilities.

“I’ve lied a lot,” he confessed to U.K. chat show host Graham Norton. “Obviously, I wanted jobs, so I put that I could do all the accents. I even double-asterisked them to say I was highly skilled.

“I then went to an audition and was doing really well until they asked me to do a Scottish accent. I started somewhere in the Midlands, worked my way upwards and landed in Liverpool. They asked me to leave!”

When asked about his tips for auditions, Daniel advised leaving as soon as possible to ensure your acting makes an impression.

“My best tip is to leave as quickly as possible,” the star explained. “Don’t try and small talk, just leave. Don’t even say goodbye. Though I did that once and I didn’t realise I had another scene!”

The Oscar-nominated actor appeared on the show to promote his new movie Queen & Slim with his co-star Jodie Turner-Smith. He explained the film, which follows a couple on the run after a traffic stop goes horribly wrong, appealed to him because he liked how screenwriter Lena Waithe took a big issue but didn’t make the movie too serious.

“That’s what really appealed to me about the script – there’s a serious issue, but the writer managed to make it light through the characters we meet,” Daniel said, while Jodie added, “It’s really about two people and who they become because of the trauma and because of the connection between them.”

Queen & Slim is in cinemas now.

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Steve McQueen slams BAFTA over lack of diversity

Director Steve McQueen has slammed BAFTA chiefs after black actors and filmmakers were snubbed in the nominations for this year’s awards.British Academy of Film and Television Arts bosses were left embarrassed last week after their members failed to no…

Director Steve McQueen has slammed BAFTA chiefs after black actors and filmmakers were snubbed in the nominations for this year’s awards.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts bosses were left embarrassed last week after their members failed to nominate any black or ethnic minority stars for awards at next month’s ceremony.

Now, McQueen has criticised the lack of diversity at the event, rejecting organisers’ claims that the lack of diversity is down to wider issues with representation in the film industry.

“After a while, you get a bit fed up with it. Because if the BAFTAs are not supporting British talent, if you’re not supporting the people who are making headway in the industry, then I don’t understand what you are there for. Unless the BAFTAs wants to be like the Grammys, which is of no interest to anyone, and has no credibility at all, then they should continue on this path,” he fired in an interview with The Guardian, referencing the criticism of the annual U.S. music awards for snubbing black talent. “If not then they have to change. Fact.”

McQueen, who has an Oscar and two BAFTAs, went on to cite a number of British stars and filmmakers who he thinks should have received recognition, including Cynthia Erivo for Harriet – who has also condemned BAFTA for the lack of diversity – and Daniel Kaluuya for his performance in Queen & Slim. He also shared his disappointment at Lupita Nyong’o not being nominated for Jordan Peele’s Us.

“But not even just British talent, it’s talent in general. It’s crazy,” the 50-year-old added.

The 12 Years a Slave filmmaker went on to insist that if the BAFTAs failed on diversity, they would experience a talent drain as stars and creatives move to Hollywood to find success.

“If (filmmakers) are not recognised visually in our culture, well what’s the b**ody point? It becomes irrelevant, redundant and of no interest or importance. End of,” he concluded.

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John Boyega hoping to work with Lena Waithe

John Boyega is excited about a possible collaboration with Lena Waithe.The British actor, who rose to fame playing Finn in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has got a long list of acting projects lined up following the conclusion of the trilogy, a…

John Boyega is excited about a possible collaboration with Lena Waithe.

The British actor, who rose to fame playing Finn in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has got a long list of acting projects lined up following the conclusion of the trilogy, and he’s hoping to add a collaboration with Queen & Slim screenwriter Lena Waithe to his schedule.

“She stopped me at the Met Gala, and she was like, ‘Imma get you a role, ain’t no one hitting it with you just yet,’” he recalled to Hypebeast magazine. “I loved that talk. She came up to me at the Met Gala just like, ‘Yo, I think you something and I think that I can brainstorm something just for you.’”

Boyega hopes to follow in the footsteps of Waithe and filmmakers like Jordan Peele and Ryan Coogler, who have made popular films with black leads, with his production company.

“I’ve just been trying to gather up stories that I know that would be significant of solid interest. But also support directors who are developing original stories. What is the next Star Wars? What is the next franchise?” the 27-year-old added.

Boyega recently finished filming Steve McQueen’s next movie Small Axe and already has a Netflix movie called They Cloned Tyrone, an action film called Rebel Ridge, which co-stars Kevin Costner, and The Naked Singularity with Bill Skarsgard and Olivia Cooke, lined up.

When asked if he would return to the role of Finn, he said he only would consider it if the film focuses on “the banter, the bickering, the undercover romances” and “connection, family, friendship”.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now.

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