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Spike Lee is a director who has made some classic films in his long career in the entertainment industry. Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X and Inside Man are just a few of the great movies he has directed so far. Judging by the reviews, it looks as though he has another hit on his hands in the form of BlacKkKlansman. This film could be an Oscar contender in various categories when you do some reading/watching of the reviews which state how powerful and well-crafted this movie is from start to finish.
Spike Lee will have been delighted with the response his movie has received at this stage and it will be a source of pride for his family and close friends too. One of his friends, who is sadly no longer with us, was Prince and a rare Prince recording of a song titled ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’ will be used in BlacKkKlansman. Here is what Spike Lee had to say to Rolling Stone about how he was able to use this song in the film:
“I knew that I needed an end-credits song. I’ve become very close with Troy Carter, one of the executives at Spotify [and a Prince estate advisor]. So I invited Troy to a private screening. And after, he said, “Spike, I got the song.” And that was “Mary Don’t You Weep,” which had been recorded on cassette in the mid-Eighties.”
“Prince wanted me to have that song, I don’t care what nobody says. My brother Prince wanted me to have that song. For this film. There’s no other explanation to me. This cassette is in the back of the vaults. In Paisley Park. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it’s discovered? Nah-ah. That ain’t an accident [laughs]!”
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