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Unsettling monkey scene with Gordy in Nope explained

When you walk into a Jordan Peele movie you know to expect a few things… One of them? You anticipate your jaw will drop ever…

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When you walk into a Jordan Peele movie you know to expect a few things…

One of them? You anticipate your jaw will drop ever so slightly in awe. “What!?” You’ll think, impressed but perplexed by what you’re seeing. If this feeling is one of the reasons you’ve grown to love the filmmaker’s work then Nope won’t leave you disappointed.

The director’s directorial feature debut – Get Out – marked the arrival of a new horror maestro and his sophomore effort Us simply confirmed it.

As we’ve grown to expect, his third feature delivers scares, laughs, and food for thought while seeing him delve into sci-fi territory. There are plenty of notable sequences but one has perhaps stuck with you like no other. Of course, we’re talking about that Gordy moment.

So, let’s get the monkey scene in Nope explained.

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

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Monkey scene in Nope explained

Nope opens with the shot of a monkey – or chimpanzee, rather – sitting on a TV next to a dead body.

It’s certainly a jarring way to begin the movie but the audience later learns that the chimp has a name: Gordy. The animal is the lead in a TV sitcom called Gordy’s House that Jupe (played by Steven Yeun) starred in when he was just a kid.

A flashback reveals that the cast and crew were present on set one day when they were suddenly caught in a bloodbath. A balloon popped and scared Gordy into embarking on a murderous rampage, killing members of the cast in a grisly fashion.

Frightened, Jupe hid under a table but was eventually found by Gordy, who instead of attempting to kill him extended out his hand. He simply wished for Jupe to return the fist bump that had become a staple of the show.The sequence informs us that he and the ape shared a special connection. Alas, one cut short when officials arrived to shoot Gordy dead.

When Jupe remembers the incident, it’s clear that what happened has haunted him and been left somewhat unresolved in his head. The fist bump moment informs Jupe’s confidence; he believes that he can communicate with the aliens because he was able to bring out a side of Gordy that the others weren’t fortunate enough to encourage.

This is arguably the main purpose of the flashback’s inclusion. However, audiences may have other readings of the scene, interpreting that like us, Gordy was capable of both compassion and brutality. There is a duality in living things.

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‘They symbolise something very bad about us’

From the deer in Get Out to the rabbits in Us, animals are rather prevalent in Jordan Peele’s movies.

In Nope we have the horses and Gordy, so Kevin McCarthy recently asked the filmmaker about the importance of animals in his work during a recent interview:

“Animals to me are somehow intrical to horror and horrific images to me. I love animals but they’re a real reminder of the existential nightmare of ‘what does it mean to be human?’ And they’re a reminder of how we treat anything that doesn’t qualify as human.”

He added: “So there’s a very real world horror that animals are trapped and in some ways, they symbolise something very bad about us, and that’s what my movies are about. It’s about how bad we are.”

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Movies that inspired Nope

Speaking with Fox26 Houston, Jordan opened up about movies that inspired the project, saying that it probably started with Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

The likes of Close Encounter of the Third Kind, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Once Upon A Time in the West, and Unforgiven were also mentioned as being formative.

Nope is now in theaters in the US.
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