Looking forward to seeing a new Spike Lee film, well it may be awhile, in an interview with Charlie Rose, Spike Lee speaks on the Movie Business, Academy Awards, and Barack Obama.

 On the Movie Business:  “Inside Man was one of my most successful movies” he says, Washington and Foster was on board. “But we can’t get the sequel made. And one thing Hollywood does well is sequels. The film’s not getting made. We tried many times. It’s not going to happen.” 

On the Academy Awards: “In 1989, Do the Right Thing was not even nominated [for best picture],” What film won best picture in 1989? Driving Miss Mother F—ing Daisy! That’s why [Oscars] don’t matter Because 20 years later, who’s watching Driving Miss Daisy?”   He adds, “There are many times in history where the best work does not get awarded,” and I’m not even talking about my own work. So that’s why [the Oscars] don’t matter.”

 On Barack Obama: “There were people who thought that racism and prejudice would be eradicated [with the election of the first African-American president]. The moment he put his hand on Abraham Lincoln’s bible it was going to be abracadabra, presto chango, poof! I was there that night [in Chicago’s Grant Park on Election Night]. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I was swept up in the euphoria; drinking the Kool-Aid like everybody else. And here we are: racism and prejudice have not disappeared. 

Read more of Spike Lee interview with Charlie Rose in The Hollywood Reporter.com

FYI thisandthat readers!   Did you know “Do the Right Thing” was selected by the U.S. Congress for preservation in the national film registry?


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