'Get Out' Star Daniel Kaluuya on "Weird Stuff" Said by White People

Making his late-night debut on 'The Late Show,' the actor also recalled being starstruck after meeting Oprah Winfrey and Denzel Washington.
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Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya made his late-night debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Tuesday night, where he explained how director Jordan Peele tried to "navigate the Western world" and explore the "weird things" said by "white people" in his film. 

The actor explained that Peele "tapped into a universal black truth."

"We’re like, ‘White people say some really weird stuff to you. … White people say weird things,” Kaluuya said. Colbert then asked what kind of “weird things” he could say to the actor. Kaluuya, noticing that Colbert was picking at his fingernails, joked that the late-night host was "nervous." “This is how people watch Get Out,” Colbert quipped.

As an example, Kaluuya reference Allison WIlliams' character's line about her dad would "vote for Obam for a third term if he could." "The new version of that is 'I watched Get Out three times,'" Kaluuya said. "So it's like, 'I'm so down,' or like, 'Steph Curry.'"

Still reeling from the critical acclaim Get Out has received, Kaluuya explained that his biggest Hollywood moment was hugging Oprah. “I’m basically bulletproof,” the actor joked, also adding that it was Denzel Washington who introduced the two. “Looking at Denzel is like being in a movie. … [He's] talking to me, but it’s like a VR movie sponsored by a really big telephone company,” Kaluuya said.

The actor told Colbert that there is a photograph of the three of them posing together, but he has no idea what happened to the picture. “I was in a daze,” Kaluuya said. “You can’t ask someone to be normal when you meet Oprah and Denzel.” The actor also said that he’s simply “happy it exists.” “I don’t need to have it. I don’t need to hold it. It exists. That makes me happy.”

Colbert then joked that the picture is “like God,” because he doesn’t need proof to know it exists. “This is really going to piss off a lot of Christian people, specifically my mom,” Kaluuya said.

“God has seen Get Out four times,” Colbert joked.