Spike Lee answers Clint Eastwood
The difference of opinion between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood seems to be over. Spike Lee started things off, saying Eastwood had ignored the part played by black soldiers in his Iwo Jima films, and then Clint Eastwood gave his opinion last week.
Now Lee has answered back, and he seems to be trying to put an end to it. It seems it's not personal, well except for the part when Lee mentioned Eastwood by name I guess.
Clint Eastwood made two films about Iwo Jima that ran for more than four hours total, and there was not one Negro actor on the screen...If you reporters had any balls you'd ask him why. There's no way I know why he did that ... But I know it was pointed out to him and that he could have changed it. It's not like he didn't know.
Eastwood didn't take too kindly to that comment, and pointed out that it would have been historically inaccurate to put African American actors in the films. Not only that, he told Lee to "shut his face." Kind words indeed.
Now Spike Lee is trying to douse the flames by saying he's going to take the higher ground. Speaking to MTV Movies Blog he said:
I’m going to take the Obama high road. It’s not a feud, I’ve said my statement. I have no ill will towards Mr. Eastwood. What I said to him was not a personal attack, it was an observation, So that’s really the end of it.
I think they both have a point. There are no doubt films which have ignored or mis portrayed the role of black soldiers in many wars. And that isn't acceptable, the least a film maker should do is portray things the way that they happenend. And from what I can tell, Eastwood did that. Lee does have a point, maybe he just didn't pick the right analogy.
It certainly isn't unheard of for the truth to be twisted, look at U-571. Amazing that the Americans could capture the first Naval Enigma machine, even though they weren't in the war at that point. Surely a film documenting HMS Bulldog's capture of the Enigma machine would have been just as watchable. I reckon directors should make films showing as much of the truth as possible in the space of a couple of hours, otherwise what's the point?