Thursday, September 29, 2022

Keke Palmer & Daniel Kaluuya Talk The Meaning of ‘Nope’ | Watch

Jordan Peele has done it again!

The ultra-talented filmmaker is back with another film, this time, simply titled “Nope.” It’s a horror film that reunites Peele and Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) plus stars Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, and Steven Yeun.

From the moment the world first heard about “Nope” there’s been a mystery surrounding the plot of the movie and now ahead of its release on Friday, Palmer is changing that – as she tells us what it’s truly about.

Keke Palmer in Nope (2022)
Keke Palmer in Nope (2022)

“The movie is about a brother and sister relationship; that’s what it is at the core,” Palmer said. “[They’re] just in the midst of grief of losing their father. They own this ranch and on this ranch, they discover a big spectacle in the sky. This is kind of what drives the rest of the film. It’s their journey to explore what this is, both from different perspectives.”

Palmer also shared the intent behind her character Emerald and OJ (Kaluuya’s character).

“OJ is curious of what he [has witnessed],” Palmer said. “My character, from a consumer or audience perspective is kind of like, ‘how can I exploit this? Unintentionally and intentionally.’ Through that journey, we meet a couple of different pals, and everybody else’s relationship are explored, which are very informative and unique to the film.”

“Nope” also has a message in it about what happens when trying to exploit things for financial gain and fame. 

“We reach a point where we understand where exploitation can lead us,” Palmer said. “When we do seek validation or things outside of ourselves, [we see] what else it can affect in our lives.”

Daniel Kaluuya Nope (2022)
Daniel Kaluuya in Nope (2022)

Kaluuya explained the film from his perspective, by jokingly stating, “what she said,” referring to Palmer’s answer. However, he did take us back to the beginning and shared his initial reactions and thoughts when he first read the script.

“I’ve got to learn how to ride [horses],” Kaluuya said. “It’s not even that I’ve got to learn how to ride, [but] I’ve got to know horses. OJ’s a man that’s lived with them and understands them on a deeper, deeper level. I’ve got to meet those kinds of people that run ranches [and see] what that feels like and what that is. I did a lot of horse riding.”

“Nope” is in theaters tomorrow. 




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