When an actor is in an audition, a part of the challenge is not only giving an authentic performance, but making certain choices that one thinks will distinctly appeal to the filmmakers conducting the casting. But while logic dictates that the greatest amount of success would result from choices that line up with what a director already has in mind for a character, that’s evidently not what happened with Brandon Perea and Jordan Peele’s Nope. As it turns out, Perea had a totally different take on the role of Angel than what Peele initially had in mind writing the script – and it wowed Peele to the point that he re-wrote the role incorporating the actor’s take.
I learned about this cool behind-the-scenes story when I interviewed Brandon Perea during the Nope press day in Los Angeles. I asked the actor about how his character evolved from what was originally on the page to what we see in the finished cut, and he explained that Jordan Peele intended Angel (previously named Artie) to be more of an enthusiastic nerd before he came along. Said Perea,