Jordan Peele Reveals That ‘Get Out’ Originally Had A Much Bleaker Ending And Explains Why He Changed It
Jordan Peele’s movie “Get Out” is crushing at the box office and has already made $57,843,640, a fantastic figure for any movie, but especially impressive for a horror flick.
Crowds love the ending to “Get Out,” but there was an alternate ending that was much more bleak. Peele was on BuzzFeed’s “Another Round” podcast where he revealed that he had several different alternate endings. The ending where Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) was bloody and in the middle of the road after killing his girlfriend (Allison Williams) and her family. What appears to be a police cruiser driving towards him turns out to be his best friend and TSA officer Rod (LilRel Howery).
“Another Round” co-host Tracy Clayton asked Peele about a different 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.”
Peele confirmed it with an “mhm.” He then acknowledged, “There were several endings to this movie. Several of them were pretty dark.”
The “Get Out” director elaborated:
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.
Peele was right.