“I de­cided at 15 that I’m on my own”

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DANIEL KALUUYA has said that he was 15 when he de­cided he was on his own and could not rely on the Gov­ern­ment for help.

The Bri­tish Os­car nom­i­nee said he re­alised he would have to take care of him­self and could not look to politi­cians to pro­tect and rep­re­sent him.

He told the Press As­so­ci­a­tion: “I kind of made that de­ci­sion at 15 of ‘well I’ll just do what I want. I’m on my own. Got to get on with it’.

“It’s that thing where I can’t look at the Gov­ern­ment be­cause you should be giv­ing me this, I don’t know the Gov­ern­ment.

“I’ve never met Boris [John­son]. Why should I ex­pect Boris to give me some money?

“That don’t make no sense. I’m not sure how much I even like him.

“I ac­tu­ally don’t know him to even not like him. But it’s that thing where it just doesn’t make sense, for me, be­cause I’ve never seen them ever rep­re­sent me or any­one from where I’m from in a nice way.”

The ac­tor is cur­rently star­ring in Wi­d­ows, Steve McQueen’s mod­ern retelling of a 1980s TV minis­eries which was writ­ten by Lynda La Plante.

He said: “I think these are the films that will just last for­ever. There’s cor­rup­tion, and pol­i­tics, and power, and in­equal­ity, and in­jus­tice, that’s like the themes that are lit­tered within Shake­speare.

“It’s the themes that are lit­tered within Ib­sen, it’s the themes that are lit­tered within Chekov. It’s like love, and grief, that’s what makes us hu­man, and I feel like it cap­tures 2018, but what I love about it is it’s clas­sic, so it will con­tinue on.”

In the film, Kaluuya plays the men­ac­ing Jatemme Man­ning, the brother and hench­man for a lo­cal gang­ster who is now run­ning for lo­cal of­fice.

He said: “It’s nice that peo­ple want you to chal­lenge your­self and want you to stretch and be­lieve that you can.

“Be­cause when it came through and I had to do takes for it, it was like ‘Oh I can do this, there’s some­thing in here but I just haven’t re­ally been given the op­por­tu­nity to, for what­ever rea­son’.

“It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter to play and to get the logic of why he does what he does, and the at­ti­tude to­wards it that I think is the most scary about him.”

Wi­d­ows is out now.

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