That love story about a lady and her fish may have won the Best Picture Oscar, but everyone knows that the most creatively daring movie of 2017 was Jordan Peele's Get Out. Since it was released in February of 2017, stories about the making of Get Out have revealed the mastery, thought, and unparalleled genius that went into crafting the one-of-a-kind viewing experience. By blending horror, social commentary, and comedy, Peele made a whole new kind of movie: an intelligent thriller that has the ability to both entertain and enlighten.
If you're curious about what it was like to make Get Out, you're not alone. As the movie tallied up hundreds of millions of dollars in box office receipts, fans have wondered about the creative process that brought the film to life. Fortunately, Peele has discussed much of the behind the scenes planning that went into making the brilliant, low-budget picture. These Get Out facts give the public a peek into the mind of a creative powerhouse, as well as the unforgettable movie he created.
Peele has been quite forthcoming about the original ending for Get Out, and it's much different than the final cut. While the finished product ends on a somewhat hopeful note, the original conclusion was much bleaker, and arguably more realistic, given America's track record of police brutality against people of color. During a BuzzFeed podcast about the film, one of the hosts described the original ending:
"There is an alternate ending in which the cops actually come at the end. He gets locked up and taken away for slaughtering an entire family of white people and you know he’s never getting out, if he doesn’t get shot there on the spot."
Initially, the thoughtful commentary of Get Out may not seem to have much in common with Eddie Murphy's style of in-your-face comedy, but there is a connection between the two. Peele has said that an old joke from Murphy's Delirious standup routine served as one of the inspirations for Get Out. In a key part of the bit, Murphy says, "In The Amityville Horror, the ghost told them to get out of the house. White people stayed in there!"
According to Peele, this was "absolutely" one of his motivations for making the movie. "Eddie Murphy is talking about the difference between how a white family and a black family would react in a haunted house," Peele said.
Peele has not one, but two incredibly sly cameos in Get Out. The first is the more obvious; in one scene, Peele appears in a public service announcement for the United Negro College Fund, an organization whose tagline — "A mind is a terrible thing to waste" — has a sinister double meaning in the context of the film.
His second cameo is a voice role, and an unusual one at that. Peele made the sounds of the dying deer who appears towards the beginning of the movie. "That is something that people don't know, but it is one of my special skills. I didn’t want anyone to know... but now is a good time," Peele said. "I'm also available for animal noises."
Get Out is brimming with metaphor. The symbolism that has received the most attention is the sunken place, or the brainwashing technique used by the white characters in the movie to steal the bodies of people of color. Peele has said that the sunken place represents the paralysis experienced by black Americans, who have consistently tried to make their voices heard only to be silenced in one way or another.
It's also "a metaphor for the marginalization of the black horror movie audience," Peele said. Horror movies are almost always about white characters, and Peele wanted to change that.