Spike Lee: Hollywood "Not Made for Young, Black Filmmakers"

Spike Lee

Spike Lee: Hollywood "Not Made for Young, Black Filmmakers"

The Oldboy director talks Oscars, Sam Jackson and Black Hollywood.

Published November 26, 2013

Spike Lee isn't one to hold his tongue, and the iconic director was in full form when we sat down with him to discuss his new film, Oldboy, his old pal Samuel L. Jackson and the state of Black Hollywood.

One thing's clear: Lee is not as impressed as others about the explosion of Black films this year. "We write the same article every 10 years," he says. "One year, it's, 'We've arrived!' But then, a nine-year drought." 

The director, who is already back behind the camera shooting his Kickstarter-funded indie film, Da Blood of Jesus, also talks about his old pal and Oldboy star Jackson, and feeling trapped by the Hollywood system. ("It's not made for young, Black filmmakers to succeed," he says.)

Check out our full interview with Spike Lee below, and see Oldboy in theaters starting Wednesday, November 27.

(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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