Jordan Peele Admits ‘The Emoji Movie’ Convinced Him To Retire From Acting

At last, we have a reason to be thankful for 2017’s horrific The Emoji Movie: it helped convince Jordan Peele to quit acting entirely.

What we’re saying is that if Peele’s next directorial work retains the potency of Get Out, you can thank the existence of an animated turd in a film so bad it actually haunted critics.

During his acceptance speech for Best First-Time Director at the Director’s Guild of America Awards on Saturday, Peele revealed “The Emoji Movie actually helped me quit acting. I was offered the role of Poop.”

In an attempt to convince the audience that he himself wasn’t full of shit, Peele said “This is true. I would not make this up.”

Describing that fateful phone call from his manager, Peele recalled saying “That’s fucked up.” After a moment, he added “I’m going to sleep on it.”

Peele described feeling a moment of curiosity the next day, when he placed another call to his manager to discuss the potential payday for voicing those particularly shitty pixels.

“They’ve already given it to Sir Patrick Stewart,” Peele was told. “I was like, ‘Fuck this.’”

Peele announced last month that he has retired from acting, citing his love for work behind the camera.

After a five-season run on sketch show Key & Peele and loving action film send-up Keanu, Peele jokingly saidDaniel Day Lewis and I are both out. Acting is just nowhere near as fun for me as directing.”

Get Out enjoyed its cinematic release months before The Emoji Movie, but can you bloody well imagine what would have happened if Peele followed his landmark film with this?

We can’t, but we’ll be thinking about it if Peele picks up the Best Director nod at the Oscars.