Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee have some serious beef
between them. Like we reported
a few weeks ago, Spike claims that there are too few African-American actors in Clint's films, which Clint is responding to with a classic "shut your face."
Spike in particular was talking about a film Eastwood directed Flags Of Our Fathers, in which Lee says there weren't any black soldiers when there should have been. He says many African American soldiers are mad at Eastwood for eliminating black soldiers from history.
"Has he ever studied the history? Yes, there was a small detachment of black troops on Iwo Jima as a part of a munitions company, but they didn't raise the flag. The story is Flags of Our Fathers, the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn't do that. If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people'd go, 'This guy's lost his mind.' I mean, it's not accurate. A guy like him should shut his face."
Now Spike has hit back at Clint Eastwood with the following response:
"First of all, the man is not my father and we're not on a plantation either," he told ABCNEWS.com. "He's a great director. He makes his films, I make my films. The thing about it though, I didn't personally attack him. And a comment like 'a guy like that should shut his face' -- come on Clint, come on. He sounds like an angry old man right there."
Lee also mentioned that he has a proposal for Eastwood:
"If he wishes, I could assemble African-American men who fought at Iwo Jima and I'd like him to tell these guys that what they did was insignificant and they did not exist," he said. "I'm not making this up. I know history. I'm a student of history. And I know the history of Hollywood and its omission of the one million African-American men and women who contributed to World War II."
This is a crazy war between the two directors. Whose side are you on?