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Clarke Peters, Nate Parker, Heather Simms Lead Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer” Cast

Clarke Peters, Nate Parker, Heather Simms Lead Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" Cast

Following up on yesterday’s post, which included Spike Lee’s Twitter announcement that his next project, the secretive Red Hook Summer, would be released in summer 2012.

We still don’t really know what the film is about, and who else is in the film; but yesterday, is reporting that, in addition to Lee himself reprising his role as Mookie, the character he played in Do the Right Thing, actors Clarke Peters, Nate Parker, Turron Kofi Alleyne, Samantha Ivers, Limary Agosto, Heather Simms, and Kalon Jackson, are also in the film.

Although, no word on what exactly their respective roles are.

As already noted, shooting wrapped in early August.

Still no official synopsis; all we know is that the story centers on a dude from ATL who spends a summer in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY.

Stay tuned…

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OOOH, they were not her words? And just think, I gave her big ups for that piece that I thought she wrote. Huuuuuummmm….


Oh, I was referring to Neziah’s long response. I thought maybe she copied and pasted it from her own blog – in which case I’d want a link to read the whole excerpt – but it’s actually from someone else’s blog, Jonathan Rosenbaum.


Yeah, things were heated on set. Aiello wanted everything to go his way because he wanted Sal to be as strong and sympathetic as possible, not some racist scumbag, which Spike wanted, so I respect that. He gave a great performance, so everything worked out.


“Okay, where did you copy that from? Don’t make me google” ~ JMac

What’s that about??


“My theory though is that DeNiro turned it down because he didn’t like looking like a racist, and will never use the word nigger on film” ~ BondGirl

Good point. Now check this out. On the other hand Danny Aiello had no problem with the role. Here’s why… his exact words from the book: “Spike has also always said that when we were filming the fight in Sal’s , I was afraid to or didn’t want to use the woed “nigger’. I guess it’s actually a complimenat , but he’s talking about the wrong guy. He might be talking about John Turtutto or Richard Edison but definitely not me. What I said was, :Do you want to use it this much” I felt that you diffused the word if you kept saying it. But anytime “nigger” was written in the script, I said “nigger”. Spike hired me because he knew that I wasn’t afraid to say the word. He knew that I’d used that word my whole life. I’m not proud of it, but I did. I grew up in a black neighborhood, and both blacks and whites said it” ~ Danny Aiello

Here’s another interesting story between an actor and the director:

” Spike wanted Bill Nunn to slide me down the counter while bottles bounced off my head. I said, “I’m not doing that shit; it’s fuckin’ ridiculous. Spike, that’s Comedy Time in the Fuckin’ Rockies!” I thought that was intended to degrad the character, and I told him that if that’s what I have to do, I’d walk off the fuckin’ movie. It was that serious” ~ Danny Aiello


Don’t think he was dating Naomi C in 1988-1989. But chances are whoever DeNiro was dating was black. :)

Carey-Carey, I didn’t write that Fish turned down the role of Mookie. He turned down the Radio Raheem part.


I absolutely love that book! I enjoyed reading the screenplay as well, with all of Spike’s notes in it. Great investment for anyone who’s a fan of the film.

And I thought DeNiros aid he turned down the role because it wasn’t for him. Meh, I could be wrong, it’s been 2 months since I read it. My theory though is that DeNiro turned it down because he didn’t like looking like a racist, and will never use the word nigger on film. Not when you’re dating Naomi Campbell you don’t (which he might’ve been at the time)


Opps… let’s try that again. Here’s Spikes book on Do The Right Thing —->>>

I hope the link works, this time.


Too late. It’s okay to quote someone but at least give the guy his credit.

All things aside, I can’t imagine anyone else playing the roles in DTRT. Can’t even see Fishburne as Radio Raheem. Everything and everyone fit perfectly… with the possible exception of Joie but I can’t fault Spike for hiring family. Looking forward to hearing about the plot. He’s probably going to let everyone dangle until the last possible moment.


I have the book AccidentalVisitor is referring to (autographed, I might add). Here’s a few pictures (10) from the inside. The book is 360p and the entire script is included, along with 160 pages of brilliant photographs. And as AV mentioned, Spike talks about how all the actors were chosen and other juicy tidbits. Now I don’t know anything about Fishburn turning down the part of Mookie b/c he wanted a leading role (the film was made in 1988, released in 1989) someone will have to direct me to the page in which Fishburn said those words, but here’s the book—>

Now I have to say to Neziah, girl you have huge talent. That was a great “article”. If you’re not a writer getting paid for your writing skills and thinking process, you’ve missed your calling. And I agree, only Spike could ever pull off Mookie. I mean, others could have played the part but Spike was and will forever be Mookie.

Now, I may not agree with all you’re finer details of how Spike arrived at that character but you killed this one… yes you did.


Okay, where did you copy that from? Don’t make me google.


No doubt…..Mookie was likely Spike’s best performance. But that isn’t saying much.

If you read the book about the making of Do the Right Thing you will come across a passage in which Spike was mad that Laurence Fishburne turned down the role of Radio Raheem. A young Fishburne, maybe a little arrogant at the time, told Spike he was only looking for leading roles. Radio Raheem’s part in the movie was pivotal but nowhere near to being a lead. What if Spike had handed over the part of Mookie to Fishburne instead?


Maybe I’m in the minority, but I thought Spike gave a competent performance as Mookie, his best ever. He also wasn’t bad in Malcolm X and She’s Gotta Have It.


I agree Spike was not convincing as an actor. Every time I see him on screen I cringe. Oh Spike just stick to directing movies!


Mookie was a pretty good character in part because of his flaws. My problem was that Spike played Mookie. Spike has rarely been a convincing actor.


I already like the fact these are all unrecognizable names (to me). That signage there has a nice grassroots feel to it, too. Not thrilled about seeing Mookie 25 years later (couldn’t stand him in DTRT), but looking forward to this.

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