Jordan Peele scored four Oscar nominations for his groundbreaking directorial-debut, Get Out, late last month. You would think that would inspire him to take up more acting roles but Jordan Peele suddenly announced that he had decided to quit acting. "That’s the idea,” Peele said in January when he confirmed the news to CBS. “Daniel Day-Lewis and I are both out. Acting is just nowhere near as fun for me as directing.”
But the reason for this might not just be because of Get Out’s stellar success it may also have to do with being offered a sh*tty role that left the actor bemused, as the actor turned filmmaker revealed during the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards. Peele, who won the DGA award for 'Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film’ on Saturday night, revealed what went into his decision while accepting the honor.
“‘The Emoji Movie’ actually helped me quit acting. I was offered the role of Poop,” Peele said. “This is true. I would not make this up,” he continued. It so happened that Peele’s manager informed him about the opportunity and encouraged him to think about taking on a silly voice role. “That’s f**ked-up,” Peele apparently responded. “I’m going to sleep on it.” And that’s exactly what he proceeded to do.
Just out of curiosity, he called his manager the following day to ask how much he was being offered for his toilet-humor filled emoji-related services, but by then it was too late. The role went to none other than the great Sir Patrick Stewart. That’s right - Professor X is the voice of the poop emoji. Try wrapping your head around that! “[My manager said], ‘They’ve already given it to Sir Patrick Stewart.’ I was like, F**k this,” said the Get Out writer/director.
While Get Out was one of the most critically acclaimed films of last year - bagging four Oscar nominations, three out of which are under Peele’s name (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay). Lead actor Daniel Kaluuya is also nominated for Best Actor. It is a big moment in Oscar history since films from the horror genre are usually ignored during the Academy Awards. Meanwhile, the Emoji movie was one of the most bashed, negatively received films not only of 2017, but of all time as well, with a shameful Rotten Tomatoes Top Critics score of 0%! So Peele has nothing to regret, we’re sure.
But why would he bring up the anecdote out of nowhere in the middle of the awards show while accepting an honor from his revered peers? Probably because the host Judd Apatow triggered the memory during his monologue. Speaking about the necessity for more female filmmakers, Apatow said, “When you have women directors you get Lady Bird, Mudbound, and Wonder Woman. When you have male directors you get The Emoji Movie... with a character who is a literal piece of shit.”
So what’s next for the highly acclaimed debut director? Peele, who happened to be sitting near Murder, She Wrote lead actor Angela Lansbury in the audience, said, “For what it’s worth, I just signed Angela Lansbury for the sequel. Get Out 2: Driving Miss Rosy. Angela plays the love interest but she also does the voice of the teacup.”
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