Battle Began Back At THe Cannes Film Festival
Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee continued their verbal assault on one another on Friday. This time it was Eastwood who was doing the shot taking. In an interview in today's Guardian newspaper, Eastwood let lose of Lee.
"What are you gonna do, you gonna tell a f***in story about that? Make it look like a commercial for an equal opportunity player? I'm not in that game. I'm playing it the way I read it historically, and that's the way it is. When I do a picture and it's ninety percent black, like 'Bird', I use ninety percent black people," said Eastwood.
He was referring to his latest film with Angelina Jolie that is set in Depression Era Los Angeles. The feud between the two movie writers started back at the Cannes film festival. "He did two films about Iwo Jima back to back and there was not one black soldier in both of those films. Many veterans, African Americans, who survived that war are upset at Clint Eastwood. In his version of Iwo Jima, Negro soldiers did not exist. Simple as that. I have a different version," said Lee.
Eastwood insists that Lee missed the point of his films. "Has he ever studied the history. That was his version. The Negro version did not exist," said Eastwood. He also went on in the interview to say, "A guy like him should shut his face."