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DiCaprio *Replaced* De Niro For Scorsese; What Young Black Actor Might *Replace* Denzel For Spike Lee?

DiCaprio *Replaced* De Niro For Scorsese; What Young Black Actor Might *Replace* Denzel For Spike Lee?

“Leo DiCaprio has taken my place as his (Martin Scorsese’s) go-to guy.” Robert De Niro

A survey on a slow news day… 

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro were a frequent director/actor tag-team, collaborating on several films early in their careers, making a grand total of eight films together since 1973’s Mean Streets. The last time they worked together was on 1995’s Casino, which seems like ages ago now – almost 20 years!
I suddenly feel old.
Both men got older together, and given how less in demand actors, in general, become as they age (in an industry that caters heavily to a youthful audience), eventually Scorsese would find a new, younger leading man in Leonardo DiCaprio, who essentially picked up where De Niro left off, continuing the director/actor relationship, with their first collaboration together, 2002’s Gangs of New York.
Since then, the Scorsese/DiCaprio combo has produced 4 films, with 1 on the way (The Wolf Of Wall Street), to make it 5.
I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say that Spike Lee is one of the most celebrated black directors working within the Hollywood studio system today (and maybe even of all time), if not THE most celebrated, with a number of films that have become classics, to his name, not-so-unlike Scorsese. And also like Scorsese, Spike frequently collaborated with one actor (also of his generation) in particular, throughout his career – that actor being Denzel Washington.
The Spike/Denzel team has produced 4 films together (there might soon be fifth, with a sequel to Inside Man rumored). 
So here’s my question for you guys (although I’m sure you’ve figured it out): Just as DiCaprio effectively “replaced” De Niro as Scorsese’s younger leading man of choice, what young black actor of DiCaprio’s generation, would you like to see “replace” Denzel Washington as Spike Lee’s leading man of choice, if/whenever that happens? 
Hypothetically speaking, of course! It’s all in good fun, so just play along.

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I wouldn't say DiCaprio REPLACED DeNiro. He simple succeeded him for roles requiring younger actors. That's all.

Nehemiah P.

I'd like to see Spike Lee work with Derek Luke more. I agree with some of the other readers, I don't want to see the "replacement" Denzel Washington, I want to see Denzel Washington.

I think working with Derek Luke would be interesting. In my opinion he can play a range of different characters. It'd be entertaining to see what he and Spike Lee could do together.


Did anyone see John Boyega in 'My Murder'. Kid blew me away. I had only seen him in Attack The Block as 'Moses' of which he played exceptionally cool. But when i saw the BBC original film I thought, 'this kids….is a phenomenal young actor'. We all soon know his name and work.


I would say John Boyega, Nate Parker, Bokeem Woodbine, Chad Coleman,Mos Def, Michael B Jordan. Spike could do great work with these guys.

This is a different generation of actos, the talent pool has skrinked, not because you don't have any actors, you got more actors now than ever, but the difference is you don't have a lot of actors doing it for the craft and love so you are left with a lot of so so actors that never took the craft serious to develope as good actors, they are just doing this for their lust for fame aand money. So it's going to be hard to find actors that are going to be on the level of the past greats who loved the craft.

Johnny Vengeance

Chiwetel Ejiofor. He's already worked with Spike, and he's amazing.


Denzel is one of a kind. But Nate Parker, John Boyega, or Chadwick Boseman come close.


What about Michael B Jordan?

R. Elliott

It seemed like Spike had found a new muse in Anthony Mackie, for a couple of movies at least.

D.C. Kirkwood

There are no young actors today that can replace Denzel nor should they try. They just need train to be the best actors they can be. Denzel came out during a different time and generation. The social climate was different. Now actors are competing against animations, half humans, like were wolves, and othe fantasy films. They just need to work and have a diverse resume that includes broadway, voice over, directing producing the whole nine. I think Denzel, Wesley, and Don Cheadle have a masculinity about them that gives them and extra edge to go along with their talent. Now these young actors have talent like Nate Parker and Anthony Mackie but in my opinion they just dont have the presence like the men who came before them.JMO

Dankwa Brooks

I think Spike Lee is just ITCHING to work with John Boyega ("Moses" in 'Attack the Block') again.

For the record, they shot a HBO pilot together 'Da Brick' that wasn't picked up by the network. I think Spike is waiting for the right project. We all know he's not against working with actors he likes. He worked with many repeatedly. Not just Denzel.


Why? Spike Lee is done as a mainstream director. All he does is run his mouth these days! Now he's remaking a classic thriller with Oldboy. Methinks it'll never stand up to the original!


Mr. Marin and Jules read my mind. Nate Parker immediately came to mind when I saw the title of this article.


Nate Parker or Anthony Mackie. Spike Lee has worked with both of them before and they both have the acting chops.

Mr. Marin

I'd love to see more of Spike and Nate Parker. I thought that would be the case when I seen Nate's name on an early cast for 'Oldboy' especially after his work on 'Red Hook Summer'. I know Nate has great respect for Spike. They should collab more often!

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