When two Hollywood directors squabble, it takes an even bigger director to settle their differences.
Steven Spielberg has mediated a truce between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood after Lee publicly chided Eastwood for failing to include black actors in his two World War II films, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.
It seemed like the two directors were going to have a long-running feud after Eastwood answered Lee’s complaints with, “a guy like him should shut his face,” which prompted Lee to shoot back, “The man is not my father and we’re not on a plantation, either.”
Lee expresses regret over the whole incident, “I’m sorry it sort of escalated to where it did and, as far as I am concerned, it is over and done with.”
“Here’s the story. Game 3. LA. Staples Center. Lakers-Celtics. I’m going to the bathroom, and Spielberg’s sitting there with Eddie Murphy and Jeffrey Katzenberg,” Lee told Access Hollywood of how Spielberg facilitated the squashing.
“And Katzenberg was getting on me about leaving Clint alone,” Lee continued. “I said, ‘Steven, let me talk to you for a second.’ So we talked, I conveyed a message, and he said, ‘I’ll call Clint in the morning.’ And it’s hunky-dory. He said he was gonna make a call, he made it, squashed.”