Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya, 30, says he ‘doesn’t want his career to be defined by race’ because he finds the debate ‘boring’
- Kaluuya believes people ‘push narratives’ and ‘build up perceptions’ of actors
- He says he finds the race debate ‘boring’ even though he is ‘surrounded by it’
- Get Out star, of London, has also starred in Black Panther and Channel 4 Skins
Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya has said he does not want his career to be defined by race because he finds the debate around racial issues ‘boring’.
The Get Out actor, 30, said that although he is ‘surrounded’ by the concept of race, he has not gone out of his way to star in films that have overtly racial themes.
Kaluuya, who won the BAFTA rising star award after co-writing and starring in the Channel 4 show Skins, says he is ‘more of a doer’ and does not want to be known as just ‘the race guy’.
He told the Radio Times: ‘The Fades ain’t about race, Psychoville ain’t about race, Skins ain’t about race, Chatroom ain’t about race, Johnny English Reborn ain’t about race. But that almost gets erased. There’s a narrative that is pushed.’
Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya (pictured in Los Angeles in 2019) has said he does not want his career to be defined by race because he finds the debate around racial issues ‘boring’
Kaluuya, 30, (pictured as W’Kabi in Black Panther right with co-star Chadwick Boseman left)
He added: ‘I’m not going to ignore that I’m surrounded by (racial issues), but I’m not defined by it. I’m just Daniel, who happens to be black.’
The former Oscar nominee added that people ‘try to build up a perception’ of actors.
‘I was the guy in UK comedies, then I did a couple plays. Next, people will be saying, ‘you’re the race guy’.’
Kaluuya also revealed that his mother’s favourite role of his was as an over-enthusiastic traffic warden in the Harry & Paul sketch show.
‘That’s still my mum’s favourite thing I’ve ever done – Paul Whitehouse is a genius,’ he said.
He added that he would ‘love’ to do more comedy, saying: ‘Life has a humour.
‘If a film doesn’t have humour, I think it’s a weird script.’
Kaluuya, who was born and raised in London, played W’Kabi in the 2018 Ryan Coogler blockbuster Black Panther.
It received universal praise and with members of the crew applauded for employing almost solely black actors.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama said she ‘loved’ the film and claimed it ‘inspired people of all backgrounds to be courageous’.
Kaluuya, (pictured far left with his Skins co-stars in 2008 in London) who won the BAFTA rising star award after co-writing and starring in the Channel 4 show Skins, says he is ‘more of a doer’ and does not want to be known as just ‘the race guy’
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