Training Day director Antoine Fuqua has criticized Spike Lee over recent comments he made about Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
While speaking at a film festival in Italy, Fuqua took issue with the way the Malcolm X director handled a recent question about Tarantino’s violent Civil War era western. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Antoine feels Spike should have addressed the matter in private.
The director explained:
“That’s just not the way you do things. If you disagree with the way a colleague did something, call him up, invite him out for a coffee, talk about it. But don’t do it publicly. I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t speak about it specifically, but we’re supposed to find some truth in films and if you set a film in the 1850s, you’re going to hear the word ‘n****r,’ because that’s the way they spoke then, and you’re going to discuss slavery because that was part of the reality.”
The Huffington Post reports that Fuqua believes friend and Django Unchained star Jamie Foxx wouldn’t have agreed to star in the film if he felt the script was inappropriate.
“Besides, I’m good friends with Jamie Foxx and he wouldn’t have anything to do with a film that had anything racist to it,” the Training Day director added.
TMZ explains that actor and comedian Donnell Rawlings also weighed in on the drama developing between Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino.
Rawlings told the celebrity gossip website:
“I don’t know if people know who you are. No disrespect, Spike, but I asked a guy if he knew Spike Lee, and he said, “That’s the little guy who plays for the New York Knicks.”
The Inquisitr previously reported that Spike Lee had some no so nice things to say about Django Unchained during a recent interview. The acclaimed filmmaker said Tarantino’s effort was extremely “disrespectful” to his ancestors.
What do you think about Antoine Fuqua’s comments regarding Spike Lee?