Jordan Peele Quit Acting After Being Offered Poop Emoji Role

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If you haven’t heard: Jordan Peele has retired from acting to focus on directing. Fair enough, right? Apparently, there was more to his decision though.

At the DGA Awards on Saturday (Feb. 3), Peele was honored with the First-Time Directors award for his acclaimed 2017 movie, Get Out. During his acceptance speech, he further explained why he has quit acting, saying that part of his decision was due to The Emoji Movie.

Peele stated that he was offered a role in the 2017 animated film, but something didn’t feel right to him. “I was offered the role of Poop — this is true. I would not make this up. I was offered the role of Poop,” he revealed.

Peele’s first response was, “That’s f*cked up.” However, the next day — and out of curiosity — he asked how much the role would pay, “[My manager told me], ‘They’ve already given it to Sir Patrick Stewart.’ I was like, ‘F*ck this,’ ” he continued.

During an interview with CBS News last year, Peele said that directing is much more fun for him than acting. Four Academy Award Nominations for Get Out proves that he is on the right track.

There are rumors circulating the Peele is considering a sequel to Get Out but no official announcements have been made.