Jordan Peele Honors Guillermo del Toro in TIME 100 Essay: ‘To Watch His Masterpieces Is an Experience in Wonder’

Peele praises his fellow Oscar-winner and celebrates del Toro being named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world.

TIME Magazine has announced its picks for the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018, and included among the group is this year’s Oscar winner for Best Director, Guillermo del Toro. “The Shape of Water” visionary is honored by fellow Oscar winner Jordan Peele in the magazine. The “Get Out” writer-director praises del Toro as the “auteur whom artists adore” in a short essay.

“To watch one of Guillermo’s masterpieces is an experience in escapism and wonder,” Peele writes. “To gnaw on the totality of his work reveals an obsession with the eternally forbidden romance between beauty and beast.”

“Guillermo is in love with monsters and lives to show us that we are too,” he continues. “With each fable he weaves, he pushes us closer to acceptance of a primal truth: that we each have a deep connection to the spectrum of otherness.”

Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and took home four prizes, including Best Picture. The filmmaker won directing honors for his first nomination in the category. In his essay, Peele reflects on del Toro’s history of making movies and puts his finger on what makes the director’s films so unique.

“Guillermo del Toro’s potion intoxicates,” Peele writes. “His brand of alchemy includes a pinch of macabre, a dash of melancholy and a few handfuls of stunning horror, but then he adds that perfect dollop of whimsy that keeps his audience gripped to the screen as close as Ola Ray clutches to Michael Jackson in the ‘Thriller’ video.”

Peele concludes by stating, “We look up to him because he doesn’t compromise in his mission to burrow down into the craggy pit of love and fear and invite us down there with him.”

Del Toro does not have any plans at the moment for his follow-up film to “The Shape of Water.” The director announced he’ll be taking the year off from directing and working on writing and producing projects. Peele, meanwhile, is expected to start production on his second directorial effort in the fall. He’s also a producer on CBS All Access’ “Twilight Zone” reboot and HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.”

Head over to the TIME 100 page to read Peele’s essay on del Toro in full. Other actors and directors named in this year’s TIME 100 include Tiffany Haddish, Greta Gerwig, Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler, and Nicole Kidman.

Jordan Peele Revives Obama Impersonation to Call Donald Trump A ‘Dipsh*t’ and Tell Americans to ‘Stay Woke’ — Watch

Peele partnered with BuzzFeed for a fake out video about fake news.

Jordan Peele has partnered with BuzzFeed to record a new message for every American about “fake news.” The video begins with a message from President Obama, who claims, “We’re entering an era in which our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything at any point in time — even if they would never say those things.”

Obama proceeds to make some interesting claims, such as “‘Black Panther’s’ Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) was right” and “Ben Carson is in the Sunken Place.” He also says, “President Trump is a total and complete dipshit.”

But it turns out the video doesn’t star Obama at all. The video reveals that Obama is actually a digital version of the former President that is being voiced by Peele. Peele’s Obama impersonation is uncanny, as evidenced by his time playing the President on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.” The reveal drives home Peele’s message that you can’t always believe what you see or hear on the internet.

Peele as Obama ends the video with a simple and clear message: “Stay woke, bitches.” The writer-director won an Oscar this year for writing “Get Out” and is set to direct his follow-up feature sometime in the fall. He’s also attached a producer on CBS All Access’ “Twilight Zone” reboot.

Watch Peele and BuzzFeed’s video below.

Watch Jordan Peele’s Fakeout Obama Warning About Fake News (Video)

Fresh off his Oscar win for “Get Out,” Jordan Peele returned to his “Key & Peele” roots by using his Barack Obama impersonation to send an important reminder about fake news.

The video, which was made by BuzzFeed — Peele’s brother-in-law, Jonah Peretti, is the company’s CEO — with the tongue in cheek title “You Won’t Believe What Obama Says In This Video!” starts with what seems to be a formal address by the former president.

“We’re entering an era in which our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything at any point in time, even if that person would never say those things,” Obama says. “For instance, they can have me say things like…Killmonger was right!”

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But of course, its a clever lip sync trick with Obama’s voice being provided by Peele, who famously played Obama in the “Anger Translator” series he did with Keegan Michael-Key on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.”

Watch Peele/Obama’s important public service announcement in the clip above.

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Fresh off his Oscar win for “Get Out,” Jordan Peele returned to his “Key & Peele” roots by using his Barack Obama impersonation to send an important reminder about fake news.

The video, which was made by BuzzFeed — Peele’s brother-in-law, Jonah Peretti, is the company’s CEO — with the tongue in cheek title “You Won’t Believe What Obama Says In This Video!” starts with what seems to be a formal address by the former president.

“We’re entering an era in which our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything at any point in time, even if that person would never say those things,” Obama says. “For instance, they can have me say things like…Killmonger was right!”

But of course, its a clever lip sync trick with Obama’s voice being provided by Peele, who famously played Obama in the “Anger Translator” series he did with Keegan Michael-Key on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.”

Watch Peele/Obama’s important public service announcement in the clip above.

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Earlier this week, at Tracy Morgan’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony, Jordan Peele gave a touching speech about the SNL veteran’s natural talent as a performer and tireless work ethic. He also told a pretty weird story about the time he and Tracy Morgan met Larry Flynt. In addition to being hilarious, the seemingly…

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‘Ford Vs. Ferrari’, ‘Coming To America’ Sequel, ‘Scarface’ And ‘Deadwood’ Movie Among New State Tax Credit Recipients

20th Century Fox’s Ford vs. Ferrari directed by James Mangold, the Eddie Murphy-starring sequel to Coming to America and Antoine Fuqua’s reimagining of Scarface are among the big-budget feature films to score allocations in the latest California Film and Television tax credit drawings. Jordan Peele’s new film and HBO’s Deadwood movie also scored conditional funding slots in the latest round unveiled today.
The round totals nine projects, including seven studio-based films…

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Jordan Peele To Produce Lorena Bobbitt Docuseries For Amazon

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Amazon has given the green light to Lorena, a four-part documentary series about the notorious case of spouses Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt, with Jorden Peele (Get Out) attached to executive produce via his Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment. The docuseries is said to provide a fresh perspective on the story of Lorena Bobbitt, the Virginia woman who in 1993 infamously cut off her husband’s penis with a kitchen knife as he slept, and how one event laid the…

Jordan Peele to Produce Lorena Bobbitt Docuseries for Amazon

Amazon has greenlit a documentary series on Lorena Bobbitt with Jordan Peele attached as an executive producer. The four-part series, titled “Lorena,” will delve into the notorious case of husband and wife John and Lorena Bobbitt. In 1993, Lorena made headlines around the world when she cut off her husband’s penis. She later claimed that […]

Amazon has greenlit a documentary series on Lorena Bobbitt with Jordan Peele attached as an executive producer. The four-part series, titled “Lorena,” will delve into the notorious case of husband and wife John and Lorena Bobbitt. In 1993, Lorena made headlines around the world when she cut off her husband’s penis. She later claimed that […]