Warning: Major spoilers ahead for the movie “Get Out.”
In the finished version of the movie released in theaters, just as Chris (Daniel Kaluuya’s character) kills the Armitage family and tries to ditch town, a cop car pulls up. It’s a loaded moment for the audience — is it a police officer here to arrest what looks like a black man killing a seemingly innocent white girl?
Instead of a cop, Chris’ best friend, Rod, is driving the car. It’s a triumphant ending: the two friends drive away while the villainous Rose Armitage dies in the dirt.
The alternate ending is much crueler. And like the rest of “Get Out,” it’s a searing take on the racial dynamics surrounding black men in America. In the scene, the police car is what it seems, and two officers arrest Chris.
The film then cuts to Chris in a prison jumpsuit, talking to Rod from behind a glass screen. Rod tries to get him to explain himself, but Chris is unwilling to concoct a plausible reason for killing the Armitage family. “I’m good. I stopped it,” is all he says.
The scene will be included as an extra feature in the Blu-Ray and DVD Release for “Get Out,” to be released on May 23. The movie is also currently available as a digital download.
You can also watch the alternative ending below:
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Peele explained that he wanted an upbeat, triumphant ending after the negative one wasn’t received as well.
“The ending needed to transform into something that gives us a hero, that gives us an escape, that gives us a positive feeling,” Peele said. “There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience go crazy when Rod shows up.”
“Get Out” was a box office smash, making more than $200 million worldwide so far on a budget of $4.5 million. Peele is planning to follow it up with several more, thematically similar movies and with “Lovecraft Country,” a Victorian horror TV series for HBO.
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