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Popular black filmmaker says he doesn’t see himself casting a ‘white dude’ in a lead role for his films


'I get to cast black people in my movies'


Jordan Peele, an accomplished actor, director, and producer, probably won't be casting any white male leads in any of his future projects.

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Peele, who directed 2017's "Get Out" and 2019's "Us," told audience members at Hollywood's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre that "white dudes" don't necessarily have a place in his films as leads.

"I get to cast black people in my movies," he told the crowd. "I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, 'I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family,' and they say, 'Yes.'

"I don't see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie," he admitted, to "loud applause and shouts of agreement" from the audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Peele explained that he's seen enough movies with white male leads.

"Not that I don't like white dudes, but I've seen that movie. It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is feeling like we are in this time — a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false," he added.

Peele also went on to explain that he had to put himself aside and trust others in order to create a quality project.

"Directing for me is about hiring the right people, listening to them and helping them do the best job possible," he explained. "You have to shelve [your ego]. You have to check it constantly. It's so easy for it to come out and rear its ugly head."

"The ego," Peele added, "is deceptive and it will screw you up."

Peele's latest project, "Us," opened over the weekend and broke box-office records, grossing over $70 million in North America.

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