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    It takes a certain something to pick a fight with Dirty Harry. Apparently, Spike Lee has it.

    At the Cannes Film Festival in May, Lee, whose next film, "Miracle at St. Anna," is about an all-black U.S. division fighting in Italy during the war, slammed Clint Eastwood over his 2006 Iwo Jima movies, "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima," saying the filmmaker overlooked the role of black soldiers during World War II.

    "He did two films about Iwo Jima back to back and there was not one black soldier in both of those films," Lee told reporters at Cannes. "Many veterans, African-Americans, who survived that war are upset at Clint Eastwood. In his vision of Iwo Jima, Negro soldiers did not exist. Simple as that. I have a different version."

    Now, Eastwood's throwing some punches of his own. In an interview to promote his latest film, "Changeling," Eastwood said Lee should "shut his face."

    "Has he ever studied the history?," Eastwood growled to British paper The Guardian, who published the interview today. Regarding "Flags of Our Fathers," Eastwood admitted there was a small detachment of black troops on Iwo Jima, "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."

    Eastwood added that Lee's got another thing coming if he complains about the lack of black actors in "Changeling." The film is set in Los Angeles during the Depression, before the city had a significant black population.

    "What are you going to do, you gonna tell a f*****' story about that?" Eastwood ranted. "Make it look like a commercial for an equal opportunity player? I'm not in that game. I'm playing it the way I read it historically, and that's the way it is. When I do a picture and it's 90 percent black, like 'Bird,' [the 1988 biopic of Charlie Parker] I use 90 percent black people."

    He finished his roast with a simple, harsh directive:

    "A guy like him should shut his face," Eastwood said.

    Doubtful. ABCNEWS.com's request to Lee to comment was not immediately returned, but considering this isn't his first war of words with Eastwood, it's unlikely the outspoken director will stay silent for long.

    Spike Strikes Back: Clint's 'an Angry Old Man'

    Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood are in a war of words over their WWII movies.

    After Eastwood told him to "shut his face" and stop criticizing him about not including African-Americans in his 2006 Iwo Jima movies, "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima," Lee's lashing out.

    "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 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."
    "Not everything was John Wayne, baby," Lee added.

    For weeks, Lee and Eastwood have been battling over the inclusion of African-Americans in their WWII films. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, Lee, whose next film, "Miracle at St. Anna," is about an all-black U.S. division fighting in Italy, slammed Eastwood, saying the filmmaker overlooked the role of black soldiers during World War II.

    "He did two films about Iwo Jima back to back and there was not one black soldier in both of those films," Lee told reporters at Cannes. "Many veterans, African-Americans, who survived that war are upset at Clint Eastwood. In his vision of Iwo Jima, Negro soldiers did not exist. Simple as that. I have a different version."

    Then, Eastwood threw some punches of his own. In an interview to promote his latest film, "Changeling," Eastwood said Lee should "shut his face."

    "Has he ever studied the history?" Eastwood growled to British paper The Guardian, which published the interview today. Regarding "Flags of Our Fathers," Eastwood admitted there was a small detachment of black troops on Iwo Jima, "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."

    Lee's response to Eastwood's claim?

    "I never said he should show one of the other guys holding up the flag as black. I said that African-Americans played a significant part in Iwo Jima," he said. "For him to insinuate that I'm rewriting history and have one of the four guys with the flag be black … no one said that. It's just that there's not one black in either film. And because I know my history, that's why I made that observation."
    Lee also pointed to a 2006 Guardian article about African-American veterans' dismay that their experience wasn't covered in "Flags of Our Fathers."

    In his interview, Eastwood added that Lee's got another thing coming if he complains about the lack of black actors in "Changeling." The film is set in Los Angeles during the Depression, before the city had a significant black population.

    "What are you going to do, you gonna tell a f*****' story about that?" Eastwood ranted. "Make it look like a commercial for an equal opportunity player? I'm not in that game. I'm playing it the way I read it historically, and that's the way it is. When I do a picture and it's 90 percent black, like 'Bird,' [the 1988 biopic of Charlie Parker] I use 90 percent black people."

    He finished his roast with a simple, harsh directive:

    "A guy like him should shut his face," Eastwood said.

    Lee's last words took a different tone.


    "Even though he's trying to have a Dirty Harry flashback, I'm going to take the Obama high road and end it right here," he told ABCNEWS.com. "Peace and love."

    "Damn!" at the plantation comment. Was that shit necessary? Anyhow, Lee is still wrong in my opinion, and lol @ Eastwood getting his Dirty Harry on.
    Last edited by Ces Chop; 06-07-2008, 11:32 PM.

  • #2
    There also wasnt enough white people in Letters From Iwo Jima, Spike Lees an idiot
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    • #3
      Clint Eastwood>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Spike Lee
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      • #4
        Spike Lee is wrong in this argument. Flags of Our Fathers wasn't about the actual battle of Iwo Jima; it was about the lives of the six men who raised the American flag. It wasn't documenting the military strategies or the hundreds of soldiers that engaged in the battle; it was following the lives of those six men right before their picture was taken on Mount Suribachi, and right after the U.S. government decided to use them to help raise funds for the war effort, despite their resistance.

        This film was about the personal revelations and losses of six men who were unwillingly transformed into national heroes. The battle of Iwo Jima is secondary to the human struggle that Eastwood was trying to articulate cinematically. Obviously, Spike completely missed the point.

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        • #5
          It's a shame 2 breathtaking directors and legends are arguing over this. I think Spike Lee seems in the wrong, I don't see why he would make this point so angrily but hmm it's disappointing that Lee had to make this point.
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          • #6
            This story is quite funny to me. I do agree with everyone else that Spike Lee is in the wrong. He is probably just frustrated over the Knicks and is taking it out on Clint Eastwood.

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            • #7
              smfh @ Spike Lee playing the race card constantly
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              • #8
                Iwo Jima>>>>>>>>>>Spike Lee's catalouge

                I'm with Clint, also with Scorsese on how they depict Black folks on sceen, maybe because it's the truth.

                Racism exists, they're not going to make a lovey dovey movie about whites and blacks mixing all the time.
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                • #9
                  Spike needs to chill out...he might give Eastwood's old ass a heart attack...

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                  • #10
                    Spike Lee has boxed himself in so many times by using the race card.When people think of Spike Lee,they think "great BLACK director" because he made it that way.You can't go around all the time saying,"oh there weren't enough black people here & there & this & that"

                    If a movie doesn't make sense having a black person in it,then why put them in? Just to be racially correct?

                    This isn't the workplace where a black man gets a job over a more qualified white guy simply because he's black & they have to fill a certain quota.

                    Black people want to be equal,but then they get short cuts to things.I don't get how the world is ever supposed to be equal,but yet we have BLACK entertainment television & black comedians can make fun of anybody & say anything & its allowed.WTF?

                    If you want to be equal,then shut the fuck up about the whole race thing.They make a bigger deal about it then white people do

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                    • #11
                      fuck spike lee and fuck clint eastwood, none of them had asian soldiers even though there were a great number of volunteer japanese/american troops in WW2
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                      • #12
                        Spike Lee is a little bitch.
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                        • #13
                          Lee was dumb to go after Eastwood over something so silly and I have no problem with Eastwood saying Lee should shut his face when Lee is going to call Eastwood an angry old man and talk about them being on a plantation, WTF are u talking about Spike?

                          Anyway I respect both of them as directors and this shit is stupid, hopefully the argument is ended right here.

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                          • #14
                            Spike Lee does need to shut up, but I kinda have a feeling Eastwood might not be the biggest fan of black people LOL.

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                            • #15
                              clint eastwoods the man
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