Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out has impressed critics and audiences alike. Mixing thriller and comedy with symbolisms of systematic racism, interracial dating and friendship, the film has everyone talking and making memes at record paces.
If you haven’t seen the film just yet, you might want to stop reading and catch a matinee of Get Out.
Speaking with BuzzFeed’s “Another Round” podcast hosts Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu, Jordan Peele shares how the alternative ending of the film would have bummed everyone out. In the movie, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) escapes the clutches of Rose’s (Alison Williams) crazed family after realizing their master plan to play puppet with African Americans. While Chris’ friend (and MVP) Rod comes through via TSA patrol car, Peele says his original plan was to have Chris get arrested by real cops for killing Rose and her family.
“In the beginning, when I was first making this movie the idea was, ‘Okay, we’re in this post-racial world, apparently.’ That was the whole idea,” he said. “People were saying, like, ‘We’ve got Obama so racism is over, let’s not talk about it.’ It’s a wrap. That’s what the movie was meant to address. These are all clues, if you don’t already know, that racism isn’t over.”
Since he wrote the film at the beginning of the Obama administration, Peele says his mind started to change with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and protests of the murders of Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin.
“It was very clear that the ending needed to transform into something that gives us a hero, that gives us an escape, gives us a positive feeling when we leave this movie,” he said. “There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience go crazy when Rod shows up.”
As someone who got to catch the film in Brooklyn Sunday evening (March 5), the audience jumped for joy when Rod stepped out of the patrol car. If we saw Chris lose his mind along with his freedom, it would’ve been a real downer for those who got attached to Kaluuya’s character. Peele adds that there were several endings to the film, that seemed “dark” to him. “So the ending in that era was meant to say, ‘Look, you think race isn’t an issue?,’” he said. “Well at the end, we all know this is how this movie would end right here.”
Let’s just be glad Peele chose a happier ending. The film dominated the box office for the second week in a row, grossing over $75 million. The film was reportedly shot on a $4.5 million budget.