So when Peele speaks, people are listening - and in a live Q&A he gave this week for a group of Hollywood improv students at the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Peele made clear that he's determined to change the face of Hollywood films.
The comedian-turned-filmmaker has admitted he isn't interested in casting a Caucasian man as a lead character because he's "seen that movie" and insisted that he feels "fortunate" to be in a position where he can cast minority actors in leading roles. Not that I don't like white dudes.
With the better-than-expected debut of "Us", ticket sales at domestic box office are pacing over 15% ahead of the same frame in 2018, when "Pacific Rim Uprising" was the No. 1 film in North America.
As well as box office glory, Us, which premiered at the South By Southwest festival, has debuted to solid reviews too, boasting a 94 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Unlike Get Out, which took specific aim at a tight, self-contained issue that was neatly wrapped up by the end, Us is sprawling and purposefully ambiguous, giving the audience just enough to make their own minds up as to what the story is actually about, both figuratively and literally. I get to cast black people in my movies.
"Very important for me was to have a black family at the center of a horror film". Note, Get Out's second weekend dip of 15% was quite rare for a horror pic as they tend to drop on average 60% in weekend 2.
Peele says facing oneself and everything that brings with it is something he wanted to tap into with his latest movie. "That's what I like to do with my stories".
"The fear of the doppelgänger is really the fear of self - the fear of that which we suppress as individuals". What's more, the Peele-produced and hosted reboot of The Twilight Zone TV series is about to hit the airwaves.
"The ego", Peele added, "is deceptive and it will screw you up". Let me know in the comments!