Adelaide Wilson (played by Lupita Nyong'o) has a typical american family, with a bumbling husband and two charming kids. Their holiday turns very quickly into a nightmare when the family's doppelganger appears and begins to terrorize their original.
– the Idea of doppelgangers has always scared me. When I began to explore why, and do research on the lore of a repressed ”skuggjag” I began to apply it on us as a society, " says Jordan Peele in a hotel room in West Hollywood.
the director has just returned to Los Angeles after an acclaimed world premiere of ”Us” at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Despite the fact that he has a long and action-packed media day in front of him, he is obviously psyched.
" If something scares me on a primal level I can start to dissect why, but I also trust that there is something naturally appalling that others relate to.
”Us” begins with a flashback to 1986. Ronald Reagan is president and the thousands of people hold each other's hand for the charity campaign ”Hands across America”.Lupita Nyong'o and Jordan Peele. Photo: James Veysey/REX/Shutterstock
We hit Adelaide as a child, when she wins a t-shirt with Michael Jackson's ”Thriller” at an amusement park at the Santa Cruz boardwalk. Her parents have planned a little quality time, but tjafsar bitterly as if they stopped loving each other. Adeleide ducking in the way of a spegelhus and is lost for a short while, but returns with a serious trauma that no one, least of all she herself, can explain.
– The themes I wanted to explore in this film is about the american ”us”. It was why I used the ”Hands across America” and Michael Jackson. There was a naive positivity in 1986, where it was believed that ”if we hold each other in hand so we will overcome world hunger”. Duality as it means to be american, even more in the day – scares me, " says Peele.
with the horror comedy ”Get out”, which won an Oscar for best original screenplay. The movie was about Chris, a young black man that comes with his white girlfriend to meet her parents. But Chris gets hypnotized by the rich överklassfamiljen who want to turn him into a thrall host.
the Film was praised closest to unison for its political force in a time when racism got new guises. At the same time, ended up the film's aesthetic qualities a bit overshadowed.
– this movie is definitely political, but I think at the same time that it is wider. My mission as an auteur is to point out that people as a group can be the worst monster there is. We are capable of amazing good things but somewhere in our dna is the ability to suppress our own guilt and responsibility so that we can commit atrocities.
returns In the folksägner far back in the history: a spiritual copy that shares memories, experiences and feelings with their live counterpart. When the ”evil twins” appears in a story, it is often a source of horror, because one of them must die.
this means, specifically in the ”Us” is Lupita Nyong'os performance as Adelaide's darker I, referred to as ”Red”. Nyong'o used ”method acting”, that is to say, stayed in the role between shots, and designed himself a ghostly cracked voice to his character, inspired by a condition referred to as spasmodisk dysfoni.
It can be triggered by a trauma, either emotionally or physically, and allows the vocal cords get involuntary spasms which create an irregular air flow.
" I don't think we can play anything that is not already available in the us. We humans all have the potential within us. It is just a matter of what sides we nourish and what we repress. This demanded that I had to dig deep into my own dark side and show them up. Some of the moves I have are not normally socially acceptable, " says Lupita Nyong’o little mysterious.
She also looks at ”Us” as an opportunity for reflection.
" today, we are often afraid of ”The Other”. The monster portrayed as the where the other country, the other culture, the other race, the other gender, the other political group. But what can we say about the other version of ourselves? When we examine the man in the mirror?
Jordan Peele is the shore of the night. The family Wilson's dad Gabe must consistently fight against ”himself” in a boat in a dark sea. Peele has also taken advantage of their fear of cockroaches, and, like the disgusting insect is dubbelgångarna in ”Us” often still before they suddenly attack.
Even the bunnies, as Peele says, ”creeps me out”, plays a big role in the film's vague påsktema about ”a Messiah who rises”.
the ”Us” is tailor made for several omtittningar and loaded with symbolism. For example, the red overalls that dubbelgångarna bears and the saxons they use.
– Scissors is used to cut of a band. For ”the bound” in the film (which dubbelgångarna call themselves) is very much about separating itself, so there is a big duality in the object, " says Jordan Peele.
" But one thing I always loved in the horror genre is when everyday things are used as weapons. I wanted to create an iconic version of it.
From the shooting. Photo: ©Universal/Courtesy Everett Coll
Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in ”12 years a slave”. Photo: Entertainment Pictures