David Duke Is Afraid That Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' Will Make Him Look Like An Idiot
Ron Stallworth, the former police officer whose memoir Black Klansman inspired Lee’s film adaptation, revealed how David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, recently called him to talk about his portrayal in the movie.
“He wanted to talk about the fact that he’s concerned about how he’s going to be portrayed in this film,” Stallworth said alongside Lee during an interview with NBC’s Nightly News host Lester Holt. “He’s only seen the trailer and in the trailer, it makes him off to be a buffoonish cartoonish idiot.”
When asked by Holt if that was an accurate description, Stallworth said “In some areas, yeah. Spike made him look kind of stupid, but he was stupid in how this whole thing transpired 40 years ago.”
But the conversation took an unexpected turn when Duke told Stallworth that he’s “always respected Spike Lee,” to which the famed director responded, “That’s a compliment I don’t need.”
Recently, Lee revealed that an unreleased Prince track will appear in BlacKkKlansman. The film’s end credits will be accompanied by Prince‘s cover of the Negro spiritual “Mary Don’t You Weep.”