Rumors have been circulating that Spike Lee would like to bring Do The Right Thing to Broadway. Lee, 56, didn’t deny the rumors to Entertainment Weekly, but confesses he is too old now to play Mookie.
The 1989 film set out to explore race relations on the hottest day of summer in Brooklyn and was penned by Lee in 10 days. Twenty-five years later, fans still remind Rosie Perez daily about the infamous opening scene in which she dances in boxing trunks to Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power.” And how could we forget up-and-coming screenwriter Lee’s performance as Mookie, a name fans still call him to this day?
Ruby Dee remembers her first impression of Lee. “When I first saw him, I thought he looked so young, like a teenager. I didn’t know he was the boss of the joint.”
The classic movie changed the careers of many of the actors in the film and could do the same if brought to Broadway.Samuel L. Jackson and John Turturro became household names as a result of Do the Right Thing.
“That film took the world by storm,” Lee said.
Would you see Do the Right Thing if it made its way to the Great White Way?