Now, Peele has looked back on working with Donald Trump supporters on the set of the film, which was shot prior to the 2016 election. In conversation with the filmmaker for an ActBlue fundraiser, supporting actor Bradley Whitford notes that members of the crew were obviously pro-Trump, but that tensions weren’t as high as they might have been in the later stages of his presidency.
“We shot with people who were of different political persuasions and it was cool,” adds Peele. “I liked them. I liked the people down there.”
“There was this feeling of America that was still happening where we have different beliefs,” he goes on. “I may even kinda think you’re racist but we’re stuck here and we’re going to be cordial to one another and hey, maybe we might even connect. There were all these possibilities.”
However, Peele also notes that “the vibe shifted” once Trump actually took office. “It’s crazy, even as soon as he was voted out, all of a sudden it felt like I could fuck with them again now that he’s gone.”
The conversation between Peele and Whitford, shared via the Hollywood Reporter, also sees them discuss the making of the film, the reception from Black audiences, and why Peele has decided to give up performing in front of the camera.