On Tuesday, Feb. 23, reports began circulating about Kaluuya’s remarks during his recent appearance on “The Graham Norton Show.” According to the rising star, he actually viewed the film at a theater in Atlanta because he never received a formal invitation to the premiere.
“On the Sundance world premiere, I was in Atlanta because I was shooting ‘[Black] Panther.’ I was chilling, I cleared my schedule,” Kaluuya said. “I was like, ‘I really wanna do it.’ And then just didn’t get the invite. I wasn’t invited.”
Kaluuya also revealed he had no idea how the film performed until someone sent him a text message to let him know. “So I was just in my bed — someone texted me, ‘It’s done really well.’”
He added, “That’s the industry. This is the game…You don’t wanna be in a place that you don’t feel wanted.”
Get Out ultimately became Kaluuya’s breakout performance and a blockbuster success garnering more than $255.5 million worldwide with a filming budget of only $4.5 million.