This College Class Studying 'Get Out' Never Expected Jordan Peele Himself To Show Up

"You in the back."

Imagine learning about a movie in one of your college classes, only to have the movie's director show up in the classroom to talk about it. That's excactly what happened to the students in author and professor Tananarive Due's class at UCLA on Thursday when Jordan Peele made a surprise visit.

Due's class is called "The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror Aesthetic." She screened a scene from Peele's movie Get Out during Thursday's class, while Peele himself sneaked into the back row. When Due posed a question, Peele raised his hand and revealed himself. 

Needless to say, the students were excited. A video posted on Twitter shows Peele making his way to the front of the classroom to a round of applause. He went on to talk about the movie and answer the class's questions about Get Out.

Of the "Sunken Place," the concept in the film which inspired the course title, Peele said, "It's the entire system that keeps us down, external and internal," and shared, "I realized it was the prison industrial complex."

The course also features such titles as Birth of a Nation and Blacula, as well as some short fiction. Due told Gizmodo last month that seeing Get Out earlier this year inspired her to create a course focused on horror stories by or about Black people. 

"I love horror. But it never dawned on me that I could have a black horror course before Get Out," she said. "When a movie like that comes along, you now have a reference point to talk about everything that has come before."

Get Out was released in February of this year and earned rave reviews from critics (currently holding a 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). The film was also a success at the box office. In March, Peele became the first Black writer-director to cross the $100 million mark with their feature film debut.

"It was very important to me to just get the entire audience in touch in some way with the fears inherent [in] being Black in this country," Peele told NPR of the film. "Part of being Black in this country, and I presume being any minority, is constantly being told that ... we're seeing racism where there just isn't racism."

And Get Out is only the beginning for the former Key & Peele star. He's developing an HBO series with J.J. Abrams, and in an interview with Screen Junkies earlier this year, he shared that he had written four other scripts in the "social horror genre.".

"I feel like my responsibility to the world at this point is to keep making original films," he said. "To try to do some elevated horror, fun horror, that says something. I think that's what I'm here for."

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