Do not ask Spike Lee about Tyler Perry.
“No more Tyler Perry questions, please,” Lee said during a Thursday visit with KISS 104.1 host Art Terrell, after listeners called in asking about past dust-ups between the two filmmakers.
In the past, Lee has criticized Perry’s work, and Perry has responded suggesting that Lee travel south — way south — in search of warmer temperatures, if you get our meaning.
But enough of that.
“Peace and love, leave it at that,” Lee said Thursday. He was in town promoting his latest movie, “Red Hook Summer,” which opens in Atlanta on Aug. 24.
The film, which opened Friday in New York, concerns young Flik Royale (Jules Brown), who leaves his middle-class Atlanta home for a summer with his grandfather Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters) in Brooklyn’s Red Hook housing projects. Flik holds up his iPad 2 as a sort of shield against the world; the Bishop does the same thing with the Bible. (The two wireless devices are about the same size, you know).
Lee directed, produced, co-wrote (with James McBride) and reprised his role as Mr. Mookie the pizza deliverer in the film.
“Hollywood wants to make a gazillion dollars on every film,” Lee said, explaining the decision to finance it himself. “They’re not going to take a few pennies.”
“Red Hook Summer” does have its comic moments, mostly thanks to sassy Chazz Morningstar (Toni Lysaith) and the tippling Deacon Zee (Thomas Jefferson Byrd), but things take a somber turn in a hurry when dark secrets from the past begin to emerge.
“I do think there’s a place for a film like this,” Lee said. “I know people want to go see ‘Batman,’ want to go see ‘The Avengers.’ This is going to be a film for people to chew on and debate.”
Given that Lee was born in Atlanta and attended Morehouse College, we asked if he might consider shooting a future movie down here. Thanks to tax incentives, Georgia’s film industry has been flourishing in recent years. Answer: maybe so.
“I would like to shoot here again,” he said.
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