Video: Comedian Jordan Peele says Horror & Comedy have lots in common

The best comedy and horror feel like they take place in reality,” says Comedian Jordan Peele taking up his horror movie “Get Out ” directorial debut. “You have a rule or two you are bending or heightening, but the world around it is real. I felt like everything I learned in comedy I could apply to this movie.”

When asked what keeps horror from becoming comedy Peele replies, “the second you have people doing something you know they wouldn’t do, you lose the audience. With “Get Out,” what needed to be believable was the protagonist’s intentions. Why he’s there. I followed the “Rosemary’s Baby”-“Stepford Wives” model of inching into this crazy situation and alongside, justifying how the character is rationalizing staying.”

Peele started writing “Get Out” about three years ago and  when asked about writing a film dealing with race he says: “We can discuss race all day long, but if you see a movie that successfully puts yourself in the shoes of somebody different than yourself, you see the world differently, so I think the power of story is greater than the power of conversation in a way.”