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GET OUT--Filmed in Mobile and Fairhope--Cast and Crew interviews
Friday, Feb 23, 2018

'Get Out' cast and crew talk about shooting in Alabama, how stereotypes were proven wrong

By Ben Flanagan

Jordan Peele's massively successful and popular film "Get Out" is up for four Oscars including best picture, director, actor and original screenplay.

Come March 4, when the 90th Annual Academy Awards broadcast live on ABC, Peele could be thanking the state of Alabama for its contribution to the horror hit.

Peele, who made his directorial debut, filmed part of the movie in Fairhope and Mobile. It has since grossed more than $255 million worldwide on a production budget of just $4.5 million.

In the film, Daniel Kaluuya stars as a young African American man who visits his white girlfriend's cursed family estate, only to learn that things are not what they seem and he could be in serious danger.

"Girls" star Allison Williams plays the girlfriend. You might recall Williams posting a photo on Instagram saying she "fell in love" with Fairhope while filming the movie.

New York Magazine recently shared an oral history about the production of the film, which they dubbed "The First Great Movie of the Trump Era." The piece chronicles how Peel's film "began as a rebuke to Obama-inspired dreams of racial harmony and became a conduit for fears reignited by the rise of the new president."

The piece features Peele, Kaluuya, Williams and others reflecting on their time spent in Alabama, including the director's own assumptions about the area he quickly learned weren't all true.
"I went to Alabama with my own stereotypes and preconceived notions about getting chased out," Peele says. "There's definitely a feeling that you're in Trump country. But I have to say, the stereotypes were proved wrong. People were very sweet, very open, and there's a lot of film lovers there who are very intelligent. Ultimately, I loved Alabama."

While "Get Out" began shooting the film in Los Angeles in February 2016, they moved production to Fairhope after missing out on a California tax rebate.

It notes that much of the cast stayed in the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa during production, while also spending time at a house Williams rented for the duration of filming, which she said helped to create a bond within the team that may not have existed had they stayed in Los Angeles.

Kaluuya, who is nominated for best actor, noticed "a lot of Confederate flags" but says he didn't really get to explore the town due to the filming schedule.

His co-star Lil Rel Howery, who plays his best friend in the film, tells a funny story about him stressing over seeing Kaluuya run in a hoodie through town at night.

While not currently the favorite to win best picture, watch out for "Get Out" as a potential surprise winner on March 4.

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