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A year ago, “Get Out” was simply a smash hit, horror sensation. Twelve months later, its astonishing journey has brought the picture to the Oscars, where it has four nominations, in some very major categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. But as it goes with so many great movies, none if it would’ve happened if they didn’t get the ingredients just right, and one wonders how “Get Out” would’ve been received if it went with its original downer ending.
As it was first written and filmed, the conclusion of “Get Out” saw the cops show up after Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris has killed Allison Williams‘ Rose, and the picture ended with him being arrested and tossed in jail. It was a potent ending, that certainly connected with the times, but it was also a harsh note for audiences to carry with them out of the cinema. So, a new ending was conceived, this time with Chris being rescued by his TSA pal Rod (Lil Rey Howery). So, what’s the story with the change? Vulture got to the bottom of it with their terrific and extensive oral history of the movie. Here’s the excerpt:
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Sean McKittrick (producer): We tested the movie with the original “sad truth” ending where, when the cop shows up, it’s an actual cop and Chris goes to jail. The audience was absolutely loving it, and then it was like we punched everybody in the gut. You could feel the air being sucked out of the room. The country was different. We weren’t in the Obama era, we were in this new world where all the racism crept out from under the rocks again. It was always an ending that we debated back and forth, so we decided to go back and shoot the pieces for...
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