“I knew that Jordan was going to make an incredible movie. It’s like you’re running straight into a conversation that is impossible to have …
I would have done yard work for Jordan after watching ‘Key and Peele,’” he said. Jordan knows the power of the conversation, and it’s even a better way to have the conversation — he is making the audience live the experience,” he recounted.
Whitford said the three also bring a great sense of joy to their acting process.
“Tom Hanks is like a kid in the candy store,” he said, also noting the similarities between Spielberg and “Get Out” director Jordan Peele.
Even Peele tweeted, perhaps humorously: “‘Get Out’ is a documentary.” The movie stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a black man who uncovers a disturbing secret when he meets the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams).It’s also been a huge box office success, grossing 5 million on a .5 million budget, and Peele has given credit for the success to the average moviegoer, people who have told other people “Go see this movie.” “I thought we were making a really hip, quirky art-house movie — no one knew we would really hit a nerve.It’s a million movie, a guy directing for the first time, no one had the remotest clue this would be so incredible,” Whitford said.It’s very hard to make a movie work.” But — perhaps with an unquantified amount of luck, he claims — here he is, in the Oscar lineup with two movies that are polar opposites.Whitford has a starring supportive role in “The Post,” directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, and alongside acting legends Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.