Clint Eastwood has responded to Spike Lee’s complaint that there were no black actors in his films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. The two-time Oscar-winning director explained that African-American troops who were at the battle didn’t take part in raising the flag. He told British newspaper The Guardian, “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 go: ‘This guy’s lost his mind.’ I mean, it’s not accurate.” Referring to Lee, Eastwood added: “A guy like him should shut his face.”
Lee made the criticism at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival last month, where he was promoting his new war film, Miracle at St. Anna, about the all-black 92nd Buffalo Division.
Read Spike Lee's response at link below.
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