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One of the biggest hits of 2017 was Get Out. The film, which marked the directorial debut for Jordan Peele, received critical acclaim for its themes, subject matter and performances. The horror film made such an impact that it was nominated for four Oscars and it was well in the running to win Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars. It was a thought-provoking film and we now know that the way the film ended could have been much different and darker too.
Indeed, the ending we saw was not in the original script and, in a piece by Vulture, the people involved in the production of Get Out explained why the ending was changed.
This is what producer Sean McKittrick had to say on changing the ending for Get Out:
“We tested the movie with the original ‘sad truth’ ending where, when the cop shows up, it’s an actual cop and Chris goes to jail. The audience was absolutely loving it, and then it was like we punched everybody in the gut. You could feel the air being sucked out of the room. The country was different. We weren’t in the Obama era, we were in this new world where all the racism crept out from under the rocks again. It was always an ending that we debated back and forth, so we decided to go back and shoot the pieces for the other ending where Chris wins.”
Bradley Whitford, who plays Dean Armitage in the film, had this to say on the ending and its meaning:
“The original ending was making a statement that I think Jordan felt a white audience might be able to dismiss about mass incarceration. The ending he ended up with does a brilliant thing, because when Chris is strangling Rose in the driveway, you see the red police lights, and then you see the door open and it says ‘Airport’ and it’s a huge laugh, and everybody has that same laugh and release. You understand from Chris’s POV that if the cops come, he’s a dead man. That is absolutely brilliant, non-lecturing storytelling.”
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