What was the straw that broke Jordan Peele’s desire to continue acting? The prolific filmmaker revealed why he put his live-action career on hiatus to pursue writing and directing at the 70th annual Directors Guild Awards Saturday night. Peele was up for DGA Best Director, though the award went to Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water; his work on Get Out earned him the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a First-Time Feature Film. He revealed that he was offered to play Poop in The Emoji Movie.
“I would not make this up. I was offered the role of Poop,” Peele confessed. “I was like, ‘That’s f-cked up.’ I told my manager, ‘That’s f-cked up, let me sleep on it.’ I came back the next day, I said, ‘Well, what are they offering?’ And they said, ‘Oh, well, they’ve already given it to Sir Patrick Stewart.’ I was like, ‘F-ck this.’”
The up-and-coming director has done his fair share of acting. Peele is most famous for the hilarious Comedy Central sketch comedy show Key & Peele, which lasted five seasons, totaling 53 episodes. Thankfully, he didn’t quit his voice-acting career. He has appeared regularly on Bob’s Burgers and the Netflix original Big Mouth. If The Emoji Movie has done us any favors, it’s that it pushed Peele to go on to make one of 2017’s most notable films, Get Out.
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