Daniel Kaluuya keeps it cool as he poses for a photograph at a special screening of his anticipated film Queen & Slim presented by Universal Pictures on Tuesday night (November 12) at Soho House in New York City.
That same evening, the 30-year-old Oscar-nominated actor hit up The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss the film, which is directed by Melina Matsoukas from a script by Lena Waithe.
Host Stephen asked Daniel about his impression of Ohio before taking the part of Slim – a character who ends up shooting a cop in self-defense on the same night as a Tinder date with Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) – and he detailed what he learned from a regional Costco team for the role.
“Slim works at Costco so I found the Costco that he was at… I just kinda hung out and I just spoke to the staff and they just showed me a couple hoods and areas that Slim would be from,” Daniel said after some playful back-and-forth about the correct American pronunciation of the shopping outlet. “I found that if you work at Costco on a Sunday, you earn 38 dollars an hour. So I was like, Oh, he thinks he’s a catch so he’s going into this date thinking ‘I’m a great catch.’ Like, of course you’re gonna be on Tinder. [He’s a] Sunday Costco guy! It really helped me helm in his mentality for the scene.”