If you haven’t seen Jordan Peele’s Get Out, why did you click into this post? Honestly, though. Like why would you want to know the alternative ending before the actual ending? Are you a goddamn lunatic? Please seek help.
Now that we cut the fat, I know I’m not alone when I say that Get Out was a wildly entertaining blend of genres that amounted to a wonderful cinematic experience. With a modest budget of around $5 mill, the movie raked in $229 million at the box office.
We all remember how it ends: Chris sets to strangling Rose, before a cop car pulls up on the scene. It turns out that Rod, Chris’s TSA agent friend, who came to rescue Chris. This was the part of the movie where the whole theater applauded. The ending was a perfect semi-uplifting conclusion to a tense horrorish movie. But, things were not originally intended to end that way. Writer and director Jordan Peele originally had a different ending in mind, which you can view here.
There would have been no applause for this ending.
Jordan Peele revealed why he decided to change it up.
In the beginning when I was first making this movie the idea was, ‘OK, we’re in this post-racial world, apparently. That was the whole idea. People were saying, ‘We’ve got Obama so racism is over, let’s not talk about it.’ That’s what the movie was meant to address. Like look, you recognize this interaction. These are all clues, if you don’t already know, that racism isn’t over. […] So the ending in that era was meant to say, look, ‘You think race isn’t an issue? Well at the end, we all know this is how this movie would end right here.’ 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. […] There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience go crazy when Rod shows up.