By Kevin P. Sullivan
In 1989, Spike Lee made big waves in the film world and essentially announced the arrival of independent filmmaking with the image of a trash can breaking through a pizza parlor window in “Do the Right Thing.”
In 2012, the character that threw that can is back for Lee’s latest film, “Red Hook Summer.” After more than 20 years, Mookie, played by Lee himself, has returned to the big screen, and though years have passed, he’s still the same Mookie.
In an exclusive clip from the upcoming film, Jules Brown’s character, Flik Royale, interviews Mookie as he talks about his 20 years delivering pizzas for Sal’s and the proper technique for keeping the cheese in place.
“Red Hook Summer” tells the story of Flik, a well-off kid from Atlanta, who spends a summer with his religious grandfather, Da Good Bishop Enoch Rouse, played by Clarke Peters of “The Wire” fame. Grandfather and grandson clash and try to reach a mutual understanding in the summer heat of the Red Hook area of Brooklyn.
The film also stars Nate Parker, Toni Lysaith, and James Ransone (also from “The Wire”).
Lee’s movie made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this past January. Next up for the director is a Michael Jackson documentary for the 25th anniversary of MJ’s “Bad” album. He’s also awaiting a green light for the remake of “Oldboy,” starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.
“Red Hook Summer” opens in limited release on August 10 and goes wider on August 24.
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