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Fred Williamson On ‘Django,’ Woody Strode, Sidney Poitier, Working w/ Spike Lee, Being ‘The Hammer’

Fred Williamson On 'Django,' Woody Strode, Sidney Poitier, Working w/ Spike Lee, Being 'The Hammer'

Aaah… an interview that I tried to get (for obvious reasons) but wasn’t successful. But thankfully, someone who could, did get Fred Williamson to chat about everything from originating the “bad-ass slave” in The Legend of Nigger Charley, to Django Unchained (why he hasn’t seen it, and doesn’t plan on seeing it), to Spike Lee’s reactions to it, and potentially working with him, to Woody Strode’s and Sidney Poitier’s on-screen presence during their day, to his own (Williamson’s) film work in relation to the Civil Rights struggle, and more…

New York Magazine’s Vulture posted an interview with Williamson last night, which I got around to reading this morning, and it’s worth checking out.

Some of the more interesting revelations he made:

– In response to whether he’d seen Django Unchained, he said:

I don’t want to see me in the film. I know my friend Jamie Foxx gave a good performance. But I’m still alive. I’m still capable. I’m still able. I still look the way I looked in the seventies. There are no new wrinkles. I can still jump out of cars and jump out of planes and do all the things I did. I still want to be in a position where they say, “Bring me the Hammer! Don’t bring me somebody that looks like the Hammer, acts like the Hammer, talks like the Hammer; bring me the Hammer!”

Hah! And who’s going to argue with him on that? Certainly not me.

He did say that he thought Spike’s comments about the film were “ridiculous,” adding that Spike should make a slavery movie, and cast him, Fred Williamson, in it!

Spike! We can make [The Legend of] Nigger Charley 2, or  [The Legend of] Nigger Charley 3 and 4.

Somehow I doubt that Spike will take him up on that offer.

And in talking about black actors who came before him, like Sidney Poitier and Woody Strode, Williamson had this to say:

Sidney Poitier was a great black actor, but I can’t see him being a great fighter. He didn’t have the physical presence that I bring to a role. Woody Strode was in the background. Woody Strode never carried the show. There was always someone else who was the hero. I wanted to be the hero. I wanted to be the man. I was coming out of football as “the Hammer,” with the reputation that I would kick people’s ass if they stood in my way. I was not going to change my image coming into Hollywood.

How could you not love this guy and his cockiness? He is, after all, The Hammer

By the way, he’s 74 years old.

Read the rest of the interview HERE.

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Comments

M CREW LITE

@DJP & clowns: Fred Williamson is a legend just like Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Please stop with the complaining!!!

DJP

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legends. Fred Williamson is a working actor. Straight to VHS titles like Foxtrap and The Black Cobra 2 do not a legend make.

James

Mr. Williamson is a neighbor and a gentleman. I got to spend a Superbowl Sunday with him and about 5 others at a local cigar bar a few years ago. He is an awesome ambassador of Blackness.

Jazkie Chainz

I'm not surprised the Uncle Tom clones arrived in this thread to bash a legend who paved the way for so many other black actors. I'm guessing they're the same folks who bashed Spike in defense of their "white savior" QT.

getthesenets

The TRUE revival of the blaxploitation era wasn't qt…it was Wayans doing "I'm Gonna GIT you Sucka!"

and if I recall they asked Fred to star in it and he thought the film was more of mockery than a parody so he refused..so Bernie Casey replaced him…

Folks have NO sense of history.

I know it might baffle some of y'all to comprehend that not EVERYBODY thinks qt can't be criticized.

getthsenets

@clowns who disrespect Fred's opinion

He is the SOLE actor from so called blaxploitation era who NEVER stopped working. When Hollywood found a new flavor of the month, instead of complaining and bitching..he went ahead and started financing and directing his OWN films.
Read about Po' Boy before you fix your face to go afer anyone who doesn't hug qt's scrotum like you all are inclinded to.

ShebaBaby

Y'all can say what you want about The Hammer but without him, Tarantino has no career. I mean NONE!

Curtis

Damn, y'all are coming down hard of The Hammer, huh? "Irrelevant clown?" Really DJP? "Washed up"? Really Carl? Wow. Forget all the classics he's starred in that set the stage for some of the ish that came after him. If he's an "irrelevant washed up clown," then you may as well say that for every other major black actor who worked during the 1970s. SMH.

Carl

Aawww! He mad that Quentin didn't ask him to be in the movie and now he won't go see it. Poor washed up, non-acting, arrogant old fart! I'll shed a tear for him some time this evening. lol

DJP

He's an irrelevant clown with an embarrassing filmography.

Justin W

Has there been one famous figure who has come out and supported what Spike said?

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