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September 16, 2008 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 16, 2008 |


leespikelee.jpgLet’s get this straight: I like Spike Lee, the director. I love The 25th Hour; I totally dug He Got Game; really liked Malcolm X; and thought Inside Man was passably entertaining. He’s a good director, and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as, say, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott: Solid, but never mind-blowing. But talent aside, the dude is a dick. An asshole. An arrogant prick. An egotistical douche pickle. And if his past witticisms idon’t offer enough evidence, then check out this quote from Lee in the latest edition of The New Yorker (H/T Slashfilm), after he was given a poster to sign for a wall at the Sony Music studio:

“Don’t put us next to Judd Apapoe, whatever that guy is,” Lee says, referring to Judd Apatow. “We gotta be next to Spielberg and Williams!”

Apapoe? Whatever that guy is? How about a guy who has made more money on the last two films he directed (Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin) than Spike Lee probably has with his entire directorial output. I know that box-office power is absolutely no indicator of talent (see, Bay, Michael; Ratner, Brett), but to profess an ignorance/disdain of Judd Apatow is pretty goddamn rich. And then to brazenly put yourself on the same level as Spielberg? Because you directed She Hate Me? Brother, please. Use the mediocre box-office proceeds from Inside Man and go buy yourself some humility, dude.

Say the Wrong Thing / Dustin Rowles

Industry | September 16, 2008 | Comments ()




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