In advance of his terrifying-looking directorial debut Get Out, Jordan Peele gave a thoughtful, frequently hilarious interview with GQ about race and the making of the film. After discussing the influence of classics like Rosemary’s Baby and Look Who’s Coming to Dinner, the black-guy-dies-first trope of horror movies, and the uncanny eeriness of dolphins and pigs, Peele tells a very funny story about the time he visited New Orleans with his friend Method Man.
The Wu-Tang Clan member, it turns out, sometimes feels pressure on his chest when he wakes up in the night. When he and Peele were taking a ghost tour while filming Keanu, Meth asked the guide what might be ailing him. From GQ:
I want to believe in ghosts. I love ghost stories. We were shooting Keanu in New Orleans, and the whole cast went on this ghost tour, led by this sexy, swarthy guy. Like, “If these streets could talk, they’d tell some pretty scary stories. But you probably don’t want to hear about that…” I was looking over at Method Man like, “Oh, my God, I brought a member of the Wu-Tang Clan to this fucking ghost tour. He’s going to hate it.” At the end of the tour, Method Man raises his hand. I was like, “Oh, here it comes.” He goes, “Sometimes I wake up and I feel something sitting on my chest. What is it?” And I’m thinking, It’s blunts, it’s blunts, stop smoking blunts. But the tour guide is like, [nodding] “That’s going to be a night hag.”
But of course: a night hag. Next time you find yourself woken by a twitchy leg or the urge to use the bathroom, you’d do well to make sure the hags aren’t following you, too.