For more than three decades in the going, Spike Lee has been one of the most vital forces in the film-making process.
His latest movie down the line, Da 5 Bloods – is all about four African American veterans who have returned to Vietnam in search of the remaining of their squad leaders – and it has been described by Peter Bradshaw as “a blast of satire and an emotional agony about … the fact that even black deaths matter”.
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Last week only, Lee has released a new short film that has spliced footages from his classic 1989 movie Do the Right Thing with the arrests of the George Floyd and Eric Garner, both of which led has to their deaths – proof that even after being there for more than three decades in the business, his work has still remained relevant.
On Wednesday, the director, 63, has spoken to the Guardian over the video chat from his office in Brooklyn, in New York. He was an ebullient as he has answered a few questions sent in by readers and some of the famous fans, and has often prefacing his responses to his peers with enthusiastic expressions of respect and affection.
David Oyewlowo, Actor
You’ve always set an example for being so outspoken about all the things that matter to you in the film industry and yes beyond that too. Do you feel you’ve ever been penalized for being so outspoken?
continued with, What’s up, David! Yeah, but when you have to speak the truth to power there’s going to bean resistance. You know that what’s going in. Whatever they’ve dished out has not been stopped me from what I’ve always wanted to do for the past more than four decades. Thank you for the question though.
Do you just ever get tired of people asking about you and your views on race relations in the US?
Yes, most of the time. And I don’t even mind don’t mind being asked; it’s how that I’m asked. Manier times, reporters have been working on the assumptions that I’ve spoken on behalf of the 40 million African Americans. Which is not the case.
Halle Berry, Actor
What is the most challenging part of working with the actors?
I’ve been treated like that..they tend to act crazy in the beginning. Haha! I loveee you, Halle, love you, love you. Jungle Fever was Halle’s first film!
If you have to describe yourself in five words, what would that be?
That’s a very hard one, by the way. I can’t do it. Now, my wife could do so, but not me…
What she would say?
I don’t want to know. No –But I do know, I just don’t wanna hear that! Hahahahaha! No – I know it all, The truth is just don’t wanna hear it again! Hahaha!