Spike Lee, 'Red Hook Summer' Director, On 'Do The Right Thing,' 'The Wire' And 'Oldboy'
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
The offices of Spike Lee's Brooklyn-based production company "40 Acres and a Mule," are buzzing -- dozens of people working, eating, talking and taking pictures. The walls are covered in movie and sports collectibles, signs and artwork. There are abstract portraits of Michael Jordan and Muhammed Ali; a framed Sal's pizza box from Spike's seminal 1989 film, "Do the Right Thing"; a collage of Michael Jackson photos; a Reggie Miller-signed Indiana Pacers jersey (seriously); and a street sign with the N-word prominently printed in the center with a giant red strike through it.
Overwhelming as these surroundings are, I have one thought going into my Q+A with Spike: "Will he be the interview subject everyone says he is? The controversial, ornery, take-no-prisoners filmmaker?" The atmosphere at his office only reinforces the notion that this is his place, and whatever he says, goes.
However, the Spike Lee I meet, in a white jacket sitting in a director's chair, is nothing like the one I
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