A couple of weeks ago I was surprisingly contacted by Jordan Peele. Of course, Jordan Peele is the writer and director of the hit 2017 movie Get Out. He invited me to view some deleted scenes and major script changes that happened while filming.
While he was talking about the production and script changes and showing me around his lovely home, I was surprised to learn that the mother character in the movie, Missy Armitage—played by actress Catherine Keener — was originally cast as a bollard.
Here is a shot from a deleted scene:
As you can clearly see, before Catherine Keener was cast as Missy, filming originally began with the bollard actor.
And here are shots from the now classic scene where Chris Washington (played by Daniel Kaluuya) gets hypnotized by Missy:
What Happened to the Bollard?
Unfortunately, six days into shooting the film— the whole movie was shot in just 23 days — the bollard was called and had to report for duty at a crash test site.
For the next three days the shooting schedule was altered in order to accommodate the bollard’s absence, however, injuries sustained during the crash tests were too much for the bollard to continue acting in the film.
Medical reports state that the bollard would need a minimum of five months of recovery time before doing any strenuous activities like acting, much too long to complete the film’s tight schedule.
Why Catherine Keener?
After learning of the crash test site injuries to the bollard, Jordan Peele happened to be watching The 40-Year-Old Virgin on USA and wondered if “that chick from The 40-Year-Old Virgin” could replace the bollard in Get Out.
Sure enough, she was available and they completed filming the movie and had to reshoot the scenes they had already shot with the bollard (including the famous hypnotizing scene above).
Fun Fact about Get Out
Daniel Kaluuya was given the lead role on the spot after nailing his audition. Writer, co-Producer, and Director Jordan Peele said Kaluuya did about five takes of a key scene, in which his character needs to cry, and each was so perfect that the single tear came down at the exact same time for each take.