“Us”, Jordan Peele’s new horror film has everyone in hives talking, it is being considered the scariest movie of 2019. If you have seen the movie, then you definitely have questions. If you haven’t seen the film, you must have questions as well.
Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Evan Alex and Shahadi Wright Joseph, the film follows a family on vacation in Santa Cruz. While they are there, they meet and confront a family of their doppelgangers. Now, they have to fight for their lives and own their past to survive.
There are spoilers ahead so if you haven’t seen the film, this might be the best time to stop reading.
The premise of the movie was inspired by Jordan Peele’s fear of doppelgangers.
The actor and filmmaker told Seth Meyers on the Late Show, “I always had this vision of seeing myself across the subway platform and just kind of thought, if that’s not creepy enough, what if the other you sort of smiled at you. The idea of a doppelganger family was like ‘OK’, my imagination went crazy, and out came this film.”
Jordan Peele acted as a stand-in for the doppelgangers of the actors.
The actors struggled with acting opposite nobody since they had to play their own doppelgangers so Peele would step in and mimic the actors’ line delivery and mannerisms.
Lupita’s voice for her tethered double is inspired by an actual medical disorder.
To prepare for the role, Lupita worked with a doctor, vocal therapist and a dialect coach to develop speech pattern resembling that of someone suffering from spasmodic dysphonia.
Lupita was very scary when she played the role of Red.
About how Lupita transformed into her double character, Shahadi Wright Joseph said “She really kinda spooked me out a little bit. She would really get into character and wouldn’t talk. It was kind of creepy.”
The leather glove the double is not just an ordinary glove.
It doesn’t have superpowers. It just relates to three pop culture figures of the ‘80s: Michael Jackson, O.J Simpson and Freddy Krueger.