With Get Out and now Us, a lot of people have started drawing parallels between Jordan Peele and other notable genre directors like Alfred Hitchcock. Now, the merits of such a comparison are definitely up for debate; however, the two filmmakers do share at least one aspect of their careers in common. Both Peele and Hitchcock cameoed in a number of the films they directed.
That’s right, Jordan Peele cameos in both Get Out and Us. You’re probably thinking back on those films right now, filing through all the different scenes in which you likely missed seeing the comedian/filmmaker’s face.
Don’t think too hard about it because they aren’t the type of cameo you would’ve caught with your eyes. No. In order to single out Mr. Peele in either film, you need to open your ears. Even then, it might still be troublesome.
At this point, you’re probably wanting me to stop beating around the bush and get to it. WHERE IS JORDAN PEELE IN HIS FILMS?
Alright, here it is.
In Get Out, Jordan Peele voices the dying dear that Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya hit with their car on their way to her parents house. It isn’t immediate, however. You won’t hear Jordan’s last gasps of life until Daniel walks over to the dying animal a little later in the scene.
Jordan Peele has a similar cameo in his latest film Us, which prominently utilizes the imagery of bunny rabbits. You might recall a scene towards the end wherein Madison Curry as Young Adelaide is walking down a long corridor. The camera then cuts to a cafeteria room where a bunch of mindless Tethered are digging into a delicious course of raw rabbit. The bloodcurdling screams of those bunnies can be heard echoing out into the hall. Those are the unmistakable shrieks of Jordan Peele himself.
Don’t believe me? Hear it from the man himself:
So there you have it. Jordan Peele is two for two when it comes to playing bit parts in his own films. I guess if this whole “making it as a director” thing doesn’t work out for him, at least he’s built himself a solid demo reel voicing dying animals.
What do you think about Jordan Peele’s cameos in his films? Would you like to see the director make a physical appearance in his movies, or would that distract from the horror of them? Sound off in the comments below and let me know what you think!