Daniel Kaluuya has revealed how he overcame “a serious accident” to star in his latest film, which he described as “to be experienced, not described”.
The 33-year-old actor, who gained wide recognition in the horror movie Get Out, stars in the upcoming movie Nope, which is set on a California ranch.
Speaking to BBC’s The One Show, Kaluuya discussed his upcoming blockbuster and revealed how he had to overcome a serious accident to immerse himself in his OJ Haywood character.
He said: “I had a serious accident a few years ago. I did some riding work and had a serious accident.
“And then I had three and a half weeks to prepare for this role.
“So I had about a week to get over my PTSD to prepare myself to get good at riding.”
Looking at the positive side of the experience, Kaluuya added, “Then I realized it was a way to understand the character. Because basically how you treat the horse is how you treat yourself.
“My OJ character is very calm and he has this connection to horses, so I had to stay very calm and as I got better at riding I got closer to OJ as a character.”
Asked about the extent of the role’s venture by show hosts Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas, Kaluuya replied, “You want to watch it and go, he knows horses, he has a connection.
“So I would even go on Saturday mornings and clean the stalls… Because he (OJ) would do that and I would like to be comfortable with the horses.”
In the film, which is due out in the UK on August 12, Kaluuya stars alongside Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun.
The British actor previously worked with Nope director Jordan Peele on the multi-award winning film Get Out, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.
Speaking about the experience of working with Peele and having the director describe him as “his (Robert) De Niro”, Kaluuya said: “It’s cool but for me I always stay focused and it’s an honor absolute and a blessing that he sees me in this way, but it’s like, what do we do?
“You really have to do it. You need to refresh your career to be mentioned with these captions.
Kaluuya also spoke of his disappointment at not being able to star in the sequel to the 2018 film Black Panther, in which he played W’Kabi, due to clashes with Nope.
“It was such a special moment in my life and in everyone’s life,” he said.
He added: “You just want to be part of it, but it just couldn’t work.
“There were certain scenes that couldn’t move just for me. So it was literally a head-to-head matchup, I just had to let it go.
The One Show airs weeknights on BBC One at 7 p.m.