Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee , born March 20, 1957 (age 57), is an actor, writer and film director. He has directed films such as Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X. His films usually feature John Turturro and Samuel L. Jackson and are generally focused on race issues. He is considered to be a liberal and a firm supporter of affirmative action, accusing Clint Eastwood of prejudice for not including any black actors prominently in his film Flags of our Fathers about the iconic image of the American capture of Iwo Jima in World War II. Eastwood replied that he was basing the film on historic fact and none of the soldiers who raised the flag were black, so it would be historically inaccurate for him to have included them. Lee feuded publicly with Eastwood over this and ultimately created his own World War II movie, Miracle at St. Anna, with an all-black headlining cast. It failed at the box office and was not received well with critics. Lee has also been vocally critical of interracial couples throughout his career, including making disparaging remarks about white woman who date black men, but seamlessly supported the candidacy of Barack Obama who is bi-racial. Few of his films have been commercially successful.
- ↑ Romano, Mike. "Spike Lee: 'I don't do Fox News'"; Rocky Mountain News, August 24, 2008